§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Secutiry what are his latest estimates of the expenditure on all external consultants, including management consultants, for each year since 1987, in 1994 prices, for her Department and its agencies; and what are the quantified annual cost savings which such expenditure has resulted in.
§ Mr. Hague
The information is in the table.
Expenditure on external consultancy since 1987 at current and constant 1994–95 prices £ million Current prices 1994–95 prices 1987–88 23.2 33.2 1988–89 49.5 66.5 1989–90 43.3 54.3 1990–91 83.2 96.7 1991–92 69.7 76.2 1992–93 136.4 138.3 1993–94 138.0 138.8 1 Figures for 1992–93 onwards now refer solely to expenditure on consultancy services following work undertaken for the efficiency scrutiny into the Government's use of external consultants. Figures for earlier years include the costs of contracted services.
The additional information requested in respect of quantified annual cost savings is not available.