§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have spent on external consultants and advisers since May 1997. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
Estimated expenditure on external consultants and advisers by the Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions since May 1997 to 30 November 1999 is as follows.72W
£ million Year Agencies1 NDPB's 1997–98 8.1 21.2 1998–99 14.3 23.1 1999–2000 (to date) 10.8 22.5 1 Figures for Agencies excludes the Highways Agency programme consultancy expenditure related to work on the road network.