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Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) those external consultants who have been hired to assist on the privatisation of the dockyards at Rosyth and Devonport, (b) the specific functions that they were asked to perform and (c) the latest total cost of the consultants.
Mr. Freeman: For the names and functions of the consultants advising on the proposed privatisation of Devonport dockyard and Rosyth dockyard, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson) on 5 December
Column 5481994, Official Report, column 110 . As to the costs involved, for the period between 18 October 1993 and 31 October 1994 I refer the hon. Member to the second answer I gave to the hon. Member for Devonport on 29 November 1994, Official Report, column 621; payments made or outstanding for the period from 1 November 1994 to 31 January 1995 totalled £700,000.