§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in 2002. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
The total cost to the Home Department of using external consultants for the financial year 2001–02 was £21,147,058. The cost in this year includes the cost of establishing the National Probation Directorate and various consultancies on IT business change.