Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th December 2015.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent from the public purse on professional fees in each of the last five years.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Procurement)

Defence expenditure on fees for professional services in each of the last five financial years (FY) is provided below:

Professional Fees £ millions











The increase in expenditure from FY 2013-14 is mainly attributable to the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation spending on Private Sector Support (PSS). PSS provides DE&S with critical technical support, while also using that support to design and develop the tools and processes required to upskill staff and transform the organisation.

Expenditure on PSS (£227 million in FY 2014-15 included in the table above) was previously assigned to the Equipment Programme, but moved to the Professional Services category following the creation of the Bespoke Trading Entity.

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