Wednesday, 25 January 2006

Questions (138)

Denis Naughten

Question:

238 Mr. Naughten asked the Taoiseach the funds spent by his Department since June 1997 on consultants, legal experts and external advice; the number of reports produced under such contracts and the number implemented to date by his Department; the cost of such advice in 2005 and the planned expenditure for 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1528/06]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The total funds spent by my Department on consultants, legal experts and external advice from June 1997 to the end of 2005 are detailed as follows. The number of reports produced following such contracts and numbers of reports implemented by my Department are also detailed. It should be noted that a report would not have necessarily been produced as part of each consultancy engagement, for example, where there was implementation rather than advice involved, such as implementation of the financial management system. Also reports such as those containing results of surveys or research would not always result in the need for further implementation of recommendations. It should also be noted that some contracts are still ongoing and reports are yet to be produced.

Planned expenditure for 2006, as detailed in the abridged Estimate, is €243,000.

Year

Total spent per year

Total number of projects

Number of reports produced

Number of reports implemented where applicable

1997

280,177

4

3

2

1998

34,283

1

1

1

1999

308,479

8

5

3

2000

211,667

4

1

1

2001*

1,098,944

13

8

7

2002

133,445

5

3

3

2003

274,662

9

3

1

2004

446,045

20

7

5

2005

207,015

7

2

0

*Note: This includes an amount of €471,992 in respect of a review of the strategic management initiative across the Civil Service.