HC Deb 02 March 1994 vol 238 cc726-7W
Mr. Fisher

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contracts his Department has with Price Waterhouse; and what is their value.

Mr. Ancram

Current contracts with Price Waterhouse are:

  • Pilot market test of typing services.
  • Pilot market test of messengers.
  • Review of the existing financial systems within Estate Services
  • Division (DHSS) and reporting on the necessary adjustments
  • to satisfy market testing and possible agency status.
  • Efficiency scrutiny and evaluation of "Relate (NI)".
  • Option appraisal to identify best way forward for value for money audit work.
  • Follow-up of a number of value for money studies at selected hospital sites.
  • Assisting DHSS develop a strategic approach to personnel management.
  • Preparation-monitoring monthly financial position of a client company of IDB.
  • Financial company appraisal of Mivan Windows.
  • Preparation of a strategic plan for a Local Enterprise Agency.
  • Business review of Extern.

In order to safeguard commercial confidentiality, the value of the contracts cannot be disclosed.

Mr. Fisher

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the contracts that his Department has with(a) consultants and (b) accountants.

Mr. Ancram

The information required is not available from all Departments in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, current contracts under general headings are:

Consultants Accountants
Capital works 260 Nil
General management 195 34
Information technology 20 10
Privatisation 12 8
Next Steps Nil 1
Others 59 3

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