HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 cc857-8W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many outside accountancy firms are employed by his Department; whether such employment is subject to any guidelines; and whether he takes steps before employing an accountancy firm to discover whether that firm has been censured by Department of Trade and Industry inspectors in their inquiries under the Companies Act.

Mr. Eggar

The Training Agency has two accountancy firms under contract at present; no other accountancy firms are currently employed by my Department. Accountancy firms are invited to tender for the provision of advisory services to Departments on the basis of their suitability to provide the relevant advice. In making such appointments consultations are carried out as necessary, and where appropriate in the light of advice given by Treasury on consultancy appointments.