Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (361)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

361. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the number of external consultant reports commissioned by his 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. [49906/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

In my response to the Deputy's PQ (Ref: 32250/19) of 23 July 2019, I provided details from the Department's A7 expenditure for consultant reports commissioned by the Department from March 2011 to 23 July 2019 with associated costs.

Details for July 2019 to date are not readily available; they will be collated and forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

It is the policy in my Department only to engage the services of external consultants where it is felt to be appropriate and cost-effective, taking account of Government decisions and policy including procurement protocols on the matter. Should the Deputy have a particular report for which details are required please provide details to my office and I will ensure that the matter is investigated further.