HC Deb 15 June 2004 vol 422 cc847-8W
Mr. Flight

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total expenditure on consultants and contractors for the Government Office of the West Midlands was in each year since 1997. [176900]

Yvette Cooper

Detailed expenditure of this type is no longer available for 1997–98. Also, expenditure on "contractors" is not recorded separately from a wide range of general administrative costs. "Consultants" costs are recorded under the heading of professional services for which total expenditure was as follows:

Professional Services
1998–99 41,000
1999–2000 115,000
2000–01 119,000
2001–02 68,000
2002–03 58,000
2003–04 560,000

The 2003–04 data involves a change of definition and is not compatible with previous figures.