To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of using private contractors in his Department in the (a) 2016-17, (b) current and (c) next financial year.
Departments routinely publish their expenditure on contractors in their Annual Report and Accounts.
The cost to the Department of using contractors in 2016-17 is published in the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.
The cost to the Department of using contractors in 2017-18 will be found in the 2018 Annual Report and Accounts which will be published next year.
There is no specific forecast for the cost of using private contractors for future years as contractors are used in order to meet short-term/immediate pressures. The Department ensures it has sufficient funds in order to deliver its objectives.
All contractors are provided by approved government suppliers.