HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 cc120-1W
Mr. Eggar

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the occasions on which his Department has used from outside the Civil Service (a) accountants, (b) management consultants and (c) other consultants since June 1979, giving in each case the dates and nature of the assignment, together with the names of the individuals, partnerships or institutions involved.

Mr. Peter Walker

Apart from the routine use of professional advisers on a day-to-day basis, the following firms have been engaged on specific assignments:

Date Subject Firm involved
1979–82 Annual liquid milk costings investigation in England and Wales Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
1982 Annual liquid milk costings invesigation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Binder Hamlyn
(b) Management Consultants
1979–1982 Review of the liquid milk costings system in England and Wales and Northern Ireland Binder Hamlyn
1980 Provision of centralised services to tenant growers on the Land Settlement Association estates P A International Management Consultants Ltd.
1981 Management structure of the Land Settlement Association P A International Management Consultants Ltd.
1981–1982 Development of computer services for the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce Coopers and Lybrand Associates
1981–1982 Review of financial planning and control systems of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Coopers and Lybrand Associates
1982 Cost of tuberculin production at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge Thomson, McLintock and Co.
(c) Other Consultants
1981 Sale of shareholding in the British Sugar Corporation Lazard Brothers and Co. Ltd.
1981–1982 Damage to agricultural crops by Brent geese Wildlife Consultants Ltd.