To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception.
From the year 2005-06 the figures set out in the table reflect comparable annual consultancy costs for DCSF (from FY 2007-08) and its predecessor Department (DFES) covering both administration and programme costs:
|Expenditure on consultants|
Figures for prior years are available for administration costs only as these were not recorded centrally before November 2004.
Figures for reimbursable expenses are not recorded separately to consultancy costs and cannot be provided.
These figures cover the Department itself, we do not separately record the costs incurred by our agencies and NDPBs and are therefore unable to provide this detail.