§ Mr. Flight
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to his Department of using management consultants has been in each of the last five years. 
§ Yvette Cooper
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) came into existence following the Machinery of Government changes on 29 May 2002. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Liddell-Grainger) on 16 July 2003,Official Report, column 358W. The cost of using management consultants is not separately recorded and could be ascertained only at disproportionate cost.