HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 cc416-7W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are his latest estimates of the expenditure on all external consultants, including management consultants, for each year since 1987, in 1994 prices, for his Department and its agencies; and what are the quantified annual cost savings which such expenditure has resulted in.

Mr. Soames

Individual budget holders in my Department have delegated powers to employ external consultants as they think fit within the limit of their resources and consistent with all requirements for propriety and value for money.

The information requested is, therefore, not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.