Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Consultants (Fees) on 3rd February 1987.
Mr. Tim Smith Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services further to his reply to the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) on 19 November 1986, Official Report, columns 221-222, whether he will break down the expenditure on consultants’ fees between the National Health Service and social services.
Mr. Major The expenditure by the Department in 1984-85 and 1985-86, and the estimated expenditure for 1986-87, on fees and expenses for outside consultants is as follows:
Year | Health matters | Social security matters (in £ million)
1984-85 | 0.911 | 6.689
1985-86 | 1.7 | 11.946
1986-87 | 4.525 | 12.437
The figures are approximate. In some cases expenditure on health/social security has been apportioned where consultants have been employed on both. The figures for health matters include social services consultancy. The figures for expenditure by individual health authorities have not been given as they are not kept centrally by the department.