§ Dr. Evan Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on(a) external advisers and (b) consultants by his Department in each year since 1996–97. 
§ Mr. Lammy
Expenditure by the Department for each year from 1996–97 is shown in the table.196W
Expenditure £ million 1996–97 14.699 1997–98 12.694 1998–99 7.332 1999–2000 8.132 2000–01 6.531 2001–02 6.8
The Department's accounting systems do not distinguish between consultants and external advisers and the provision of a separate analysis could be secured only at disproportionate cost.