Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on external consultants, including management consultants, in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
Edward Garnier (Solicitor General; Harborough, Conservative)
The information requested is contained in the following table.
|Expenditure on external consultants by the Law Officers Departments|
|Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol)(2)||9,000||43,000|
|Serious Fraud Office||(3)1,583,000||856,000|
|Crown Prosecution Service(4)||684,314||12,000|
|(1) The data provided for 2010-11 may be subject to minor adjustment following the audit of departmental resource accounts for 2011-12. (2) The TSol data also covers the Attorney-General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. (3) The SFO figure for 2010-11 includes £23,000 of consultancy costs for the National Fraud Authority (NFA). Ministerial responsibility for the NFA was transferred to the Home Office On April 2011. (4) The CPS data relates to expenditure on pure consultancy services as defined by the Office of Government Commerce's Consultancy Value Programme.|