HC Deb 28 February 2001 vol 363 cc687-8W
Mr. Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what public funds have been spent in each year since 1997 on consultancy fees in relation to the development, production and evaluation of strategies and action plans for regional development agencies. [151185]

Ms Beverley Hughes

The fees paid to consultants' by the nine Regional Development Agencies are detailed in the table. There were no costs incurred for the period 1997 to 1998 as the Regional Development Agencies were established on 1 April 1999.

Year £
1998–99 59,414
1999–2000 1,226,400
2000–01 312,250