HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 cc166-9W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total amount spent by his Department in 1988 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1988, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The estimated total amount spent by the Department in 1988 on social security-related management and computer consultancy was £35.391 million. The expenditure came partly from the combined DHSS budgets for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89. Where appropriate the cost of projects has been apportioned when the work involved both social security and health aspects.

Details of each consultancy awarded by the Department on social security-related matters are as follows:

Firm Subject of assignment
Bell Software Local Office Project
B.I.S. Limited Tools Feasibility Study
B.I.S. Limited Database Design Support
B.I.S. Limited Strategy Data Administration
British Telecom Local Office Microcomputer Project
Cap Industry Limited Local Office Project
Cavendish Tricorne Overbearing Model (Operational Research Service)
Computer Search National Unemployment Benefit System
Computer People Local Office Project
Coopers and Lybrand Department of Social Security Agency Study
C.S.C. Product Assurance (North Fylde Central Office)
C.S.C. Strategy Security
Dataflex Local Office Microcomputer Project
D. E. Barnard Systems Scrutiny of Printing and Publications
Digitus Self Instruction Unit Computerisation
ENATOR Performance Based Systems
ENATOR Integrated Complementing System
EOSYS Cable Management
Falcon Systems Local Office Microcomputer Project
Forvus Database Management System
Gallup Staff Attitude Survey of Local Offices
Gallup Staff Attitude Survey of Headquarters
I.C.L. National Unemployment Benefit System
I.C.L. Local Office Project
Infologistix Capacity Planning (North Fylde Central Office)
Jones Lang Wood Scrutiny of the Social Security Regional Organisation
Logica Aggregate Performance Indicators
Logica Scrutiny of the Social Security Regional Organisation
L.B.M.S. Quality Assurance
M.O.M. Program Information Control—Artemis
M.F.T. Federal Budgetary Control System
NESCO Local Office Project
OASIS Superannuation Study (North Fylde Central Office)
Oxford Centre for Management Studies Workload Experiment
PACTEL Information Centre (Prototype)
P.E. Computer Services Local Office Project
Peat Marwick McLintock Analysis of Questionnaires for Scrutiny of Overseas Branch and for Contributions and Compiiance Study
Peat Marwick McLintock Performance Based Systems
Peat Marwick McLintock Integrated Complementing System

Firm Subject of assignment
Price Waterhouse Financial Management
Price Waterhouse Integrated Complementing System
Price Waterhouse Disaster Planning
Price Waterhouse Career Development
Price Waterhouse Integrated Complementing System
Protocol Service Management (North Fylde Central Office)
Resources Local Office Project
R.E.L. Tempest Testing
Rowe and Maw Model Rules for Guaranteed Minimum Pensions in Occupational Pension Schemes
S.B.S. National Unemployment Benefit System
Scopec Program Information Controls
S.D.S. Local Office Project
Slaughter and May Model Rules for Guaranteed Minimum Pensions in Occupational Pension Schemes
Systems Designers Performance Based Systems Regional Trials
Task Force Local Office Project
Task Force Monitoring Income Support
Task Force National Unemployment Benefit System
Telfast Local Office Project
Touche Ross Recovery of Social Security Benefits from Tort Damage Awards
Touche Ross Performance Based Systems
Touche Ross Financial Information Strategy Study
Touche Ross Integrated Complementing System
V.N.G. Local Office Project
W.S. Atkins Communications Wiring Building Survey