MPs attack £2bn consultants bill

June 19, 2007

The government spends nearly £2bn a year on external consultants, often without adequately measuring value for money, a committee of MPs has said.

Whitehall spent £1.8bn of the public sector’s £2.8bn bill for 2005-6, a 33% rise in three years, the report said.

Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward Leigh said tighter controls could save £500m a year.

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