Consultants: Defra

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Shadow Minister (Food & Rural Affairs), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many consultants the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs employed for each of the years 2001 to 2006.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The department does not record centrally the number of consultants engaged for each of the years 2001 to 2006. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The guiding criterion has been, and remains, value for money from the use of consultants where it is appropriate and necessary to utilise them as an alternative to building in-house capacity in supporting the department's strategies and objectives, together with front-line service delivery.

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Tartan Giant
Posted on 14 Mar 2007 2:39 pm (Report this annotation)

The department does not record centrally the number of consultants engaged for each of the years 2001 to 2006. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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The usual Noo Labour shrug of the shoulders - don't care how much consultants cost - we realy can't be bothered to find out!

PATHETIC robbers.

TG