HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 cc90-2W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have spent on external consultants and advisers since May 1997. [102098]

Dr. Reid

Expenditure by Executive Agencies of the Scottish Office since May 1997 is estimated as follows:

£ million
1997–98 0.7
1998–99 0.7
1999–2000 0.4

These figures were included in the estimated total for the Scottish Office given in my answer of 10 November 1999, Official Report, column 626W. Figures for the current financial year do not include spending since 1 July onwards, as this is now a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Information on NDPBs of the Scottish Office is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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