HC Deb 10 July 2000 vol 353 c394W
Mr. Cummings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what has been the cost of consultants employed by each of the regional development agencies to date; and what is the projected expenditure over the next two years. [128899]

Ms Beverley Hughes

In 1999–2000, the first full year of the RDAs' operations, the estimated expenditure on directly-employed consultants was less than 1 per cent. of their total budget, as follows:

One NorthEast 910
Northwest Development Agency 1,960
Yorkshire Forward 1,040
East Midlands Development Agency 1,550
Advantage West Midlands 950
East of England Development Agency 350
South East Development Agency 680
South West Development Agency 290
Total 7,730

Estimates for expenditure on consultants for 2000–01 and 2001–02 are not available.

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