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Departmental Consultants

Health 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 Health pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 1029W, on departmental procurement, how many contracts involved the provision of consultancy services; how many contracts involved the employment of a consultant within his Department; whether any such consultants remained in employment on the latest date for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

None of the purchase orders awarded to third sector organisations between May 2010 and August 2011 that were set out in the answer of 19 October 2011 fall within the Government Procurement Service definition of consultancy:

“the provision to management of objective advice relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation, in pursuit of its purpose and objectives”.

Such advice will be provided outside the ‘business-as-usual’ environment when in-house skills are not available and will be time-limited. Consultancy may include the identification of options with recommendations, or assistance with (but the not the delivery of) the implementation of solutions.

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