HC Deb 25 November 1999 vol 339 cc164-5W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been spent by his Department on external consultants and advisers since May 1997 funded from (i) his Department's programme provision and (ii) his Department's running costs. [99484]

Mr. Byers

[holding answer 24 November 1999]Information on the budgets used for engaging consultants is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.