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Departmental Consultants

Home Department written question – answered on 8th 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 pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, columns 957-8W, on departmental procurement, how many contracts involved the provision of consultancy services; how many contracts involved the employment of a consultant within her Department; whether any such consultants remained in employment on the latest date for which information is available; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Hansard, column 958W, on departmental procurement, two contracts involved the provision of consultancy services. These contracts continue and consultants remain engaged.

The Department's commercial objectives require consultancy services to be commissioned in terms of defined output, not in terms of individuals assigned by the firms. Each consultancy requirement is scrutinised, to prove operational necessity and to ensure that the need cannot be met by permanent staff.

The Department has spent £28 million less in the first six months compared to the same period last year.

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