HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 cc757-8W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is her estimate of the expenditure of her(a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on external consultants in (i) 1995–96, (ii) 1996–97, (iii) 1997–98 to date and (iv) 1997–98 full year; and if she will also estimate the cost savings resulting from the employment of such consultants for each of the above years. [26647]

Clare Short

External consultants have been employed by my Department as follows:

£ million
Cost of external consultants Resulting cost savings
1995–96 1.2 1.2
1996–97 0.82 0.35
1997–98 (to date) 0.94 nil
1997–98 (full year) 1.1 nil

Since 1997–98, external consultants have primarily been used to assist with IT developments and training by bridging short-term skill gaps.