HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 cc478-9W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the projects undertaken for her Department by(a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1 May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category. [144082]

Clare Short

DFID draws widely on the range of consultancy expertise in order to deliver our development programme.

Since 1 May 1997 DFID has awarded over 7,200 contracts with a value of some £1,043 million. I am placing a list of these contracts in the Library of the House.

Information on the total expenditure classified by consultants, academic researchers or university departments is not available without disproportionate cost.