HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 cc357-8W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Attorney-General 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.

The Attorney-General

The expenditure is given in the table in 1994 prices. Such consultants were engaged primarily to advise on matters of management or to develop new systems and, while their advice is considered to have contributed very significantly to efficiency, it is not possible to quantify the annual cost savings attributable to this expenditure.

Expenditure in £000
Year Treasury Solicitor's Department1 Crown Prosecution Service Serious Fraud Office Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
1987–88 Not known 182 Not known
1988–89 Not known 378 Not known
1989–90 26.2 632 339
1990–91 Not known 487 199
1991–92 57.9 480 96
1992–93 345.3 678 118
1993–94 428.0 697 155
1 Including expenditure by the Government Property Lawyers agency, established on 1 April 1993.
2 Approximate figure.

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