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Government Departments: Consultants

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL7344, tabled on 24 March 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent on external consultants in the tax years (1) 2017–18; (2) 2018–19; (3) 2019–20, (4) 2020–21, and (5) 2021 to date.

Answered on

7 April 2022

It is standard for Government Departments to draw on the advice of external specialists for a range of services. Consultancy includes staff who provide objective advice relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation and may include the identification of options with recommendations.

The noble Lord may also be aware that the Consultancy Playbook was published in May 2021 alongside the Sourcing Playbook, to provide additional guidance when sourcing consultancy services. This supports our agenda to commission and engage with consultants more effectively, achieving better outcomes, better value for money, and improved civil service capability through the transferral of knowledge and skills.

Consultancy spend, including ALB spend, is published in departmental annual reports and accounts and is reproduced below.

Department

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

BEIS

£62,600,000

£63,000,000

£61,900,000

£55,700,000

£137,300,000

CO

£10,191,000

£23,992,000

£36,893,000

£38,841,000

£79,779,000

DCMS

£22,900,000

£18,300,000

£22,500,000

£32,900,000

£46,100,000

DFE

£12,100,000

£14,600,000

£13,100,000

£12,700,000

£8,700,000

DEFRA

£22,897,000

£37,553,000

£54,542,000

£33,299,000

£36,337,000

DFT

£78,260,000

£92,490,000

£145,562,000

£168,390,654

£175,720,840

DHSC

£389,301,000

£370,970,000

£342,051,000

£290,206,000

£485,997,000

DIT

Nil

£644,000

£2,761,000

£897,000

£5,782,000

DWP

£9,700,000

£45,300,000

£28,500,000

£28,500,000

£29,000,000

FCDO

£800,000

£1,261,979

£1,927,753

£2,936,902

£2,742,044

HMRC

£1,212,806

£2,957,366

£3,168,518

£1,700,000

£8,600,000

HMT

£18,000,000

£18,000,000

£15,000,000

£18,000,000

£17,000,000

HO

£13,348,000

£12,728,000

£23,400,000

£33,700,000

£32,402,000

DLUCH

£156,000

£405,000

£3,308,000

£5,229,000

£20,148,000

MOD

£60,500,000

£49,955,000

£65,150,000

£134,627,000

£109,668,000

MOJ

£15,156,000

£36,337,000

£30,572,000

£14,962,000

£15,742,000

Total

£717,121,806

£788,493,345

£850,335,271

£872,588,556

£1,211,017,884

Answered by

Cabinet Office