§ Mr. Milburn
Guidance on the appointment of external consultants and advisers is given in the "National Health Service Capital Investment Manual" (HSG(94)31 published in 1994) in the sections "Business Case Guide" and "Management of Construction Projects". The "Guide to Procedures for the Commissioning of Building and Engineering Consultants" issued as part of "Concode" (published 1983) also gives advice. Advice is also144W available in "5 Steps to the Appointment of Advisers to PFI Projects" (published May 1996) which was issued by the private finance panel.
We will be examining the use of external advisors in our review of PFI.