Government Departments: Consultants

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 26 October (WA 154), what was the change in the definition of consultancy referred to.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Consultancy has been defined by central government as "the provision to management of objective advice and/or guidance on the strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation in pursuit of its purpose and objectives".

This definition was developed in response to recommendations made by the NAO in 2006, aimed at improving the value central government obtains from the use of consultants. Further information on application of these changes across government can be obtained from the Cabinet Office website.

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