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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004–05, (ii) 2005–06, (iii) 2006–07 and (iv) 2007–08.
The Wales Office was established July 1999. The total cost for external consultants incurred during 2003–04 was £587. The Wales Office is not currently anticipating that it will incur any costs for external consultants in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07 or 2007–08.