HC Deb 16 November 1983 vol 48 cc496-7W
Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital consultants currently hold full-time and how many part-time appointments within the National Health Service.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

At 30 September 1982 there were 6,012 permanent paid consultants in medical and dental specialities in England holding whole-time contracts and 5,533 holding part-time contracts. In addition, there were 1,572 consultants with honorary contracts.

Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the expenditure on fees to management consultants by his Department and the National Health Service in each year since 1970 in real terms.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Expenditure on fees and expenses—expressed in 1982–83 prices—of management consultants employed by our Department are readily available only for the years listed below. Similar information for the National Health Service is not held centrally.

Year £ at 1982–83 prices
1975–76 1,168,700
1976–77 812,700
1977–78 531,600
1978–79 518,600
1979–80 570,800
1980–81 466,700
1981–82 783,000
1982–83 1,315,600