HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 c364W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. Norris

In each of the financial years from 1990–91 to 1993–94 the expenditure on external consultants, at 1993–94 prices, was as follows:

Year Expenditure £ million
1990–91 185
1991–92 196
1992–93 229
1993–94 198

Figures from 1987–88–1989–90 are not available except at disproportionate costs.

It is not possible to quantify the annual cost savings resulting from this expenditure, the vast majority of which was for specific deliverables such as road schemes. Most of the expenditure was incurred on highways-related work.