§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have spent on external conz45sultants and advisers since May 1997. 
§ Mr. Wills
[holding answer 13 December 1999]: The Department's NDPBs spent £22.062 million on external consultants and advisers. The individual NDPB expenditure is listed on the following table.
Department for Education and Employment—expenditure on consultants and advisers £000 May 1997 to-date Total British Educational Communications and Technology (BECTa) 865 Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) 638 Education Transfer Council (ETC) 0 Engineering Construction Industry Training Board(ECITB) 35 Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) 147 Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) 2,510 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) 2,847 Investors in People UK Ltd. (IIP) 4,614 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) 3,800 Remploy Ltd. 816 Students Loan Company (SLC) 1,612 Teacher Training Agency (TTA) 4,174 Advisory Committee for Disabled People in Employment and Training (ACDET) 2 Disability Rights Task Force (DTRF) 1 National Disability Council (NDC) 0 New Deal Task Force (NDTF) 0 Race Employment and Education Forum (REEF) 1 Skills Task Force (STF) 0 22,062