§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the cost of the work associated with the market testing of shipping and seamen, with particular reference to the cost of consultants engaged and the cost of preparing the in-house bid.
§ Mr. Norris
The market testing of the registry of shipping and seamen involved expenditure of £19,100, excluding VAT, on consultants to support the in-house bid team. Consultants were not used to support the client side. Other costs associated with the market test were absorbed within the normal running costs of the registry of shipping and seamen and are not readily available.