§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 24 November 1999]: Total expenditure on external consultants and advisers, by the Department of Health and its Agencies1, since May 1997 to 31 September 1999, is as follows:1Excludes the Medicines Control Agency whose consultancy is funded through its trading fund and not from either running costs or programme spend.
£ million Department of Health 120.69 Agencies 23.08 1 Only running costs 2 of this total,£126,570 only is from programme spend