Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (298)

Shane Cassells

Question:

298. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of external consultant reports commissioned by her Department in each year from March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of each report; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [49897/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department considers hiring external consultants in cases where there is not the necessary expertise to deliver the project in-house, in cases where an external assessment is deemed essential, or in cases where a project must be completed within a short time scale, and although the expertise or experience may be available in-house, performing the task would involve a prohibitive opportunity cost.

My Department complies with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's guidelines for engagements of consultants by the civil service, having regard to public procurement guidelines.

Details of external consultant reports commissioned by my Department from March 2011 to date are set out in the attached tables contained in the following link.

External Consultant Reports