§ Mr. McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list each private sector consultancy firm which has been retained by each agency within his Department, and for his Department as a whole, for the purposes of advising on the market testing programme; and whether the appointment in each case was the result of competitive tendering.
§ Mr. Heseltine
To date no private sector consultancy firms have been retained by my Department, or any of its agencies, to advise on the market testing programme as a whole. However, Messrs Donaldson are advising on the preparation of contractual documentation for market testing property management services. Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte are advising on, among other things the value for money of alternative arrangements for providing the services offered by the Government car service and the interdepartmental dispatch service. Watts and Partners are advising on documentation for royal parks works contracts. All these contracts were let by competitive tender.