§ Mr. McTaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the contracts, with the subject of the assignment, awarded to management consultants or accounting firms by the Scottish Development Agency, with the name of the consultant concerned.285W
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 29 January 1988]: The amounts spent by the Scottish Development Agency on consultants' fees are given in the table. A detailed breakdown comprising the subject of the assignment and the names of the consultants cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense and breaching commercial confidentiality.
£ 1981–82 3,115,748 1982–83 4,265,553 1983–84 5,086,337 1984–85 4,953,324 1985–86 8,568,179 1986–87 6,851,863 11987–88 5,538,812 1 To 31 December.
The figures, which exclude fees associated with capital contracts, include fees on research and development, advisory services, appraisal and administration (for example, tax and accountancy advice, pension and legal consultancies).