Consultants: Expenditure

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4 April 2023.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of spending on external consultants by (a) the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, (b) the UK Health Security Agency, (c) NHS England, and (d) NHS Digital in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2022; and whether any of that spending related to the preparation of funding bids to (A) his Department and (B) HM Treasury.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

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The following table shows the expenditure on consultancy on external consultants in the financial years 2019/20 to 2021/22. Expenditure values for 2022/23 are not yet available. The Department does not hold the detail behind the expenditure.


Expenditure on consultancy (£ million)




Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)




UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

Not applicable

Not applicable


NHS England - Group




NHS Digital





  1. The definition for consultancy is in line with HM Treasury Guidance
  2. The Office for National Statistics re-categorised MHRA as falling within the Departmental Group from April 2022. In years 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 this body was not incorporated into the Department’s accounting boundary and, therefore, the Department does not hold requested data.
  3. UKHSA was formed in April 2021 and became fully operational in October 2021.


UK Health Security Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22.

NHS Commissioning Board Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22. Expenditure for the NHSE Group including Commissioning Support Units and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

NHS Digital Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

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