Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Defence

Departmental Contracts

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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25. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount spent on external consultants by his Department in 2019; the average hourly rate; if caps or limits on such spending are in place; the way in which conflicts of interest are managed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7278/20]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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In the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 the Department of Defence expended €45,972.03 on external consultants. When engaging external consultants my Department has full regard to all relevant legislation and national and EU Procurement Policy and seeks to ensure that value for money is always obtained.

I am not in a position to provide the Deputy with details of the average hourly cost of the consultancies given the different types of consultancy involved and the fact that some contracts were awarded on a fixed price basis.

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