The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.
Letter from Mel Groves:
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to respond to your question asking how much Jobcentre Plus spent on consultants in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Jobcentre Plus spent £6m on consultancy costs in 2006/07 and £11m in 2007/08.
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