§ Mr. Peter Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each of the past five years. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
[holding answer 26 March 2002]: The Department's consultancy spend is as follows:
£ 2000–01 98,700,000 2001–02 119,022,000
These figures include spend by the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Figures for the previous three years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.