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Department of Health: Public Expenditure

Question for Department of Health

UIN 15386, tabled on 9 November 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and (e) marketing and advertising (i) in 2014-15 prices and (ii) as a proportion of his Department's expenditure in each year since 2010-11.

Answered on

16 November 2015

The information is not available in the format requested. Non-payroll staff expenditure is effectively within the temporary agency figure but is not separately identifiable.


The total value of the Core Department’s expenditure in respect of temporary agency staff and consultants is available in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts which have been published on the GOV.UK website and can be accessed via the links below:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-2010-11


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2011-to-2012-published


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-2012-to-2013


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-of-health-annual-report-and-accounts-2014-to-2015


Consultancy services are defined as “The provision to management of objective advice and assistance relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation in pursuit of its purposes and objectives. Such assistance will be provided outside the ‘business as usual’ (BAU) environment when in-house skills are not available and will be of no essential consequence and time-limited. Services may include the identification of options with recommendations and/or assistance with (but not delivery of) the implementation of solutions.”


The accounts figures can be converted into 2014-15 prices using the GDP Deflators at market prices and money GDP: October 2015 (The Blue Book) at the following page on the GOV.UK website:


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gdp-deflators-at-market-prices-and-money-gdp-october-2015-the-blue-book


The proportion of expenditure can be calculated by taking the spend categories as a proportion of the Revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit (RDEL) reported in the Annual Report and Accounts documents above.


The total value of the Core Department’s expenditure in respect of administration and marketing (publicity) and advertising is shown in the tables below.



Table D – Administration

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

(i) 2014-15 Prices

456,441

478,963

468,842

336,859

188,658

(ii) Proportion of Expenditure

0.44%

0.45%

0.44%

0.31%

0.17%


Table E Publicity and Advertising

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

(i) 2014-15 Prices

21,622

24,584

45,890

974

4,230

(ii) Proportion of Expenditure

0.02%

0.02%

0.04%

0.001%

0.004%


Marketing and Advertising costs are not a separate category of spend within the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts. The figures stated above have therefore been taken from the Department’s General Ledger and then uplifted to 2014-15 prices. However, the nearest category is ‘publicity and advertising’ rather than ‘marketing and advertising’.

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