HC Deb 07 June 1993 vol 226 c74W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost to date and the expected future cost of his Department's market-testing programme; how many staff are engaged full time in work relating to market testing; which firms of consultants have been used in connection with the market-testing programme; and how they were selected.

Mr. Charles Wardle

The cost of the Home Office market-testing programme between November 1991 until March 1993 was £1.036 million. The number of staff employed full time on market testing as at 1 June 1993 was 56. The future cost of market testing will be determined by the nature of subsequent market-testing programmes.

The Department has used the following external consultancies:

  • Arthur Walton and Partners
  • Corporate Renewal Associates
  • Ernst and Young
  • Peat Marwick
  • LEK
  • PA Consulting
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Shreeveport
  • Touche Ross
  • Worthy Associates

Our policy is for consultants to be engaged as a result of a competitive tender process unless there are particular circumstances which warrant single tender action.

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