International Development written question – answered on 6th June 2005.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many consultants were employed by his Department in each of the last three years; and what their names were.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

DFID awarded the following numbers of contracts from its headquarters office in each of the last three years:

Number of contracts Number of contractors
2002–03 833 404
2003–04 768 350
2004–05 667 309

Details of these contracts are published on the DFID website This does not include lower-value contracts issued by DFID's overseas offices, of which there is no consolidated central record. It would incur a disproportionate cost to produce a list of all those individual contracts.

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