asked Her Majesty's Government:
How much was spent each year on external management consultants by the Department for Transport and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.
The department was formed in May 2002. Details of spend on external consultants and advisers by the department are shown below:
2002–03: £227.5 million;
2003–04: £239.5 million;
2004–05: £193.3 million.
These figures include all external consultants and technical advisers, not just management consultancy. Separate figures for management consultancy are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Consultants and technical advisers provide specialist advice, knowledge and action essential to maintain our infrastructure and deliver transport improvements. They are engaged only where the department does not normally retain full-time in-house expertise.
The Highways Agency contracts out 95 per cent of its total spend. This is for the maintenance of our national road network, to ensure we have properly maintained, safe and serviceable roads.