HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 c373W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. Goodlad

The table shows the relevant information for expenditure on external consultants by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office diplomatic and aid wings in 1992–93 and 1993–94 and estimated expenditure in 1994–95 as at 31 December 19941

Similar information on expenditure from 1987 to 1991, and quantified annual cost savings resulting from expenditure on external consultants since 1987, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

1Most of the expenditure by the aid wing has been incurred on the engagement of consultants under the overseas aid programme.

£ million
Diplomatic wing Aid wing
1992–93 13.2 107
1993–94 14.2 252
1994–95 (to 31 December 1994) 9.7 257