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Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To which items of expenditure the consultancy fee of £400 million, announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 21 November 2006, will apply. [HL2130]

Within the £400 million costs outlined at the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing on 21 November 2006 are not only the costs of the delivery partner but the costs of site mobilisation; that is, the costs of getting the team on site, including site accommodation, of IT provision, and of new teams required by the ODA itself. The use of the delivery partner will help to ensure the highest levels of programme management and cost control.