§ Ruth Kelly
HM Treasury expenditure in 2002–03 on consultants was £2.8 million (excluding VAT). Inland Revenue had in place four framework agreements, through which it obtained a range of advisory and consultancy services including on IT, human resources, market research, social and economic research, and learning services. Departmental spend on these services for 2002–03 was in the region of £35 million (excluding VAT). Customs and Excise expenditure for consultants and advisors was £29.3 million (excluding VAT).