Departmental Consultants

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 8 January 2008.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Secretary (the East Midlands), Cabinet Office

Expenditure on consultancy fees incurred in my Department in each year since 1997-98 can be found in the following table.

£ million
1997-98 5.5
1998-99 7.4
1999-2000 10.2
2000-01 10.9
2001-02 16.9
2002-03 13.4
2003-04 15.9
2004-05 12.7
2005-06 22.0
2006-07 14.3

The increased costs in 2005-06 relate mainly to expenditure on shared services feasibility work, SCOPE cross-departmental information strategy, development of the Government Gateway and departmental capability reviews.

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