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Departmental Consultants

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office commercial objectives require consultancy services to be commissioned in terms of defined output, not in terms of individuals assigned by the firms to deliver that output. Therefore, the Department does not employ individuals under contracts for consultancy services or keep records of how many individuals are working on each consultancy engagement. Carrying out an exercise to obtain these numbers would incur disproportionate cost.

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