§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the total fees paid out by his Department to management consultants in 1979–80 and each year to date; and what is the estimate for the current year.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
[holding answer 13 March 1989]: The 1988–89 estimate of payments by the Home Office to management consultants is £1,257,000. Equivalent estimates of payments made in the financial years from 1984–85 were as follows:
£ 1984–85 454,000 1985–86 367,000 1986–87 1,174,000 1987–88 784,000
Information for the years prior to 1984–85 is not readily available, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.