§ Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will set out the total cost of external consultancy fees in relation to market testing.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 29 June 1994]: As reflected in information already provided to the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee as part of its inquiry into the civil service, during the period 1 April 1992 to 31 December 1993, the total cost of external consultancy fees incurred by the Department in relation to market testing was £845,319. The Employment Department group's market-testing programme is being developed within existing resources.