HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 cc1161-2W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many(a) police officers and (b) full-time reservists are attached to each district command unit; and if he will make a statement. [152526]

Mr. Pearson

The total expenditure on use of management consultants1 for my Department (including the Northern Ireland Office, but excluding agencies and non-departmental public bodies) in each of the last five years was as follows: 1Defined as consultancy work relating to policy appraisal and review, strategic management, organisational development and performance management.

1999–00 11,193,814
2000–01 2,541,618
2001–02 3,104,216
2002–03 2,642,657
2003–04 1,639,617
1 Following devolution five new NI Departments came into existence in December 1999 (the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Department of Employment and Learning, Department for Regional Development, Department for Social Development and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister). The first four months were largely taken up with the development of structures and strategies. Expenditure on consultancy was, therefore, relatively small.