§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total sum paid out in fees by his Department to management consultants in 1979–80 and in each following year; and what is his estimate for 1990–91 and budget for 1991–92.
§ Mr. Jack
The estimated expenditure from 1984–85 onwards on fees and expenses for management consultants on social security matters is in the table.
The figures are approximate since expenditure up to and including the 1988–89 financial year is from a joint health and social security budget. In some cases, expenditure has been apportioned where consultants have been engaged on both health and social security matters. The figures include some computer consultancy where this cannot be separately identified.
The information for years prior to 1984–85 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Year £ million 1984–85 0.959 1985–86 1.722 1986–87 0.976 1987–88 1.082 1988–89 1.203 1989–90 2.942 1990–91 5.158 1991–92 2.454