§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the total fees paid out by his Department to management consultants in 1979–80 and each year to date; and what is the estimate for the current year.
§ Mr. Ian Stewart
[holding answer 13 March 1989]: The information for 1979–80 to 1983–84 is available throughout Northern Ireland Departments only at disproportionate cost. Information for the year 1984–85 to date is as follows:
£ 1984–85 2,352,311 1985–86 2,427,200 1986–87 2,742,192 1987–88 3,363,213 1988–89 13,273,430 1 Estimate.
In addition, the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Finance and Personnel jointly shared the cost of a review of the Northern Ireland information services carried out in 1988. The review cost approximately £8,000.