HC Deb 10 May 1990 vol 172 cc234-8W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount spent by his Department in 1989 on management and computer consultancy contracts; excluding hardware and software purchases; if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1989, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment; and what is the total amount that his Department has budgeted to spend in the current year.

Mr. Cope

[holding answer 28 March 1990]: The total amount spent on management and computer consultancy by the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments in 1989 was £5,747,531; the amount budgeted to spend in the current year is £4,543,300; the remainder of the information is as follows:

Firm and subject of assignment

Aims Ireland—Assistance to IT Strategy Planning.

Aims Systems—Project Support (SSADM).

Aspinwall and Co. Ltd.—Review of waste disposal arrangements in Northern Ireland.

D. E. Barnard Systems—To derive a common IT strategy for the Department of Environment's Countryside and Wildlife Branch and Historic Monuments and Buildings Branch.

Belmin Systems Ltd.—Preparation of presentation to the Confederation of Irish Industry Conference in Dublin.

BIC Systems—ITD MIS Project.

Bis Beecom (International) Ltd.—To advise the Department of Environment's Roads Service on specialised communication aspects of its Integrated Computer System.

To prepare incentive bonus schemes to improve the efficiency of the directly employed labour in the Department of Environment's Works Service.

Support for design of equal opportunities monitoring system for public sector.

Feasibility study for an Information Technology Centre in West Belfast.

British Telecom—Support for NICS Integrated Telecoms Project.

Business and Economic Initiatives—Market Testing of Computer Bureau assistance with in-house bid.

Training for small businesses in Belfast.

CAPITA—To provide a management accountant, acceptance testing managers and scriptwriters to advise the Department of Environment's Roads Service on appropriate aspects of its Integrated Computer System.

Market testing of Training Centre Stores.

Capita, Muir and Addy—LAN Procurement, Newforge NIHPSS Superannuation System Implementation of IT Strategy.

Capstan, London—Computerised post-coding.

Mr. M. Carmel—Assistance on DHSS/QUB JWP on Library Services.

CCTA—Animal Health System, Options for Market Systems.

Charted Instute of Public Finance and Accountancy Ltd—To advise on the management accounting aspects of the Water Service's integrated computer project.

Cheltonian International

Assistance to Planning Project Management.

CHKS, London

International Classification of Diseases coding.

Common Services Agency, Edinburgh.

Pharmacists final balance sheet.

Coopers and Lybrand

  • Girocheque Reconciliation Project.
  • Assistance to Project Support Office.
  • Assistance to Operational Strategy planning.
  • Assistance to IT Strategy planning.
  • Assistance to OVB Project.
  • Pensions Data Conversion Project.
  • IT Management Support.
  • Mainframe maintenance/support function.
  • Strategy study on benefit computing.
  • Project Support Office assistance.
  • Review to roles in systems delivery.
  • Options Appraisal for Census 1991 processing.
  • General Ledger System.
  • NI Emigration Database.
  • Professional services carried out on proposal for Textile Technology Centre.

Coopers and Lybrand Associates

To review privatisation options for vehicle inspection. To assist the Department of Environment's Transport Division to supervise and monitor the affairs of the NI Transport Holding Company and the three subsidiary transport operating companies.

Audit of Market Testing Exercise in the Department of Environment's Water Service.

Coopers Lybrand and Deloitte—Market Testing of Computer Bureau assistance with evaluation of suppliers' proposals.

Review of the information service of the NI Technology Service.

Full economic costing assessment and selection of computerised management system.

IDB Market Research: Attitude of NI Business towards IDB.

Evaluation of the Youth Training Programme.

Dearden Management Consultants—Resources Management.

Department of Finance and Personnel—Study of credit and debt.

DPP (UK) Ltd.—Animal Health System, Options for Market Systems.

Employment Services—Specialised training for jobclub leaders.

EOSYS, Slough—Cabling Study.

Framework, Leicester—Evaluation of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action.

Evaluation of the Volunteer Development Resources Unit.

Gilpin Black Associates—Advice on the introduction of BS 5750.

Victor Hausner Associates—Belfast Special Action Group/ Belfast Initiative.

Targeted training in Belfast.

Peter Hyde—To advise Department of Environment's Road Service on the organisation, management and job design changes required as a result of its Integrated Computer System.

Industrial Society—Examination of typing services in Northern Ireland Office London.

Industrial Training Services—Specialised training for Community Projects Branch.

Institute of Manpower Studies—Advise on appropriateness and adequacy of an analytical approach to the monitoring of equal opportunities in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

ICL—Mainframe support.

Girocheque Reconciliation Project.

VME to service 39 machines.

D. MacRitchie—Review of trading performance and financial position of the beef and sheepmeat processing sector.

R. A. McLaughlin—Department of Economic Development consultant on Management of STAR programme.

Melrow, Somerset—Equipment performance monitoring.

Mindworks—Business Analysis Seminar.

Quality assurance on the use of business analysis methodology in compiling an Information Technology strategy.

MMM Consultancy Group—To advise on the management of Transport and Mobile Plant.

Dr. T. Morris—Assistance to Operational Strategy projects.

New University of Ulster—Accounting Project Technical and Scoping Advice.

Noble and Lund—Specialised Training Centre instructional staff.

Oracle, Surrey—Maternity System.

Oracle Corporation—Support for projects using Oracle.

Oracle (UK) Ltd.—To provide advice and support during design and development of the Department of Environment's Works Service Management Accounting and Information System Project using the ORACLE relation database and toolset.

PA Consulting Group—To develop a telecommunications strategy for the expansion of the Ordnance Survey for NI topographical database system into a multi-user Province-wide network. Typing Services.

PE Computer Services—Market Testing support.

Peat Marwick McClintock—To undertake an efficiency study of the Roads Service's Quarry undertaking.

Policy Research Institute of Queen's University—The community impact of the Action for Community Employment Scheme.

Richard Fellowship—Development work related to a therapeutic community for 14–16 year olds.

Mr. B. J. Rusbidge—Social Work Staff Project linkages.

Skytronics—Assistance to Operational Strategy Projects.

Software Ireland—Computerisation of Valuation and Lands Office.

Stoy Hayward—Preliminary review of administration of Manpower Training Scheme.

J. W. Struthers—Crown Car Lease Hire Scheme.

J. C. Stutt—Effect of Government Purchasing on smaller firms in the Single European Market.

Touche Ross—Interim Accounting Systems Feasibility Study.

Quality Assurance of Telecoms Statement of Service Requirement (SSR).

Monitoring—Shorts Privatisation—Shorts.

Monitoring—Harland and Wolff Privatisation—Harland and Wolff.

Audit of Southern Health and Social Services Board.

Audit of Eastern Health and Social Services Board Trust Funds.

Consultancy Advice on Computer Audit.

Ulster Marketing Surveys Limited—Awareness and attitudes to the Youth Training Programme.

University of Keele—Community Study.

University of York—Study in Dynamics of Lone Parent Families.

Various consultants—Advice to companies under the Fair Employment Support Scheme.

Price Waterhouse—Banking Research Project. Fees incurred re review of wastage in the STS scheme.

Audit of Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Board.

Project Frontline Management Ltd.—Feasibility of a Remote Working/Training Centre in Belfast.

Queen's University, Belfast—Mediation service by Policy Research Institute.

Revaluation of Northern Ireland Family Mediation Service.

Wang (UK)—Use of an existing word processing system and its capacity for development.

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