HC Deb 18 July 1995 vol 263 cc1159-60W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts and for what total sum were awarded by his Department and agencies for which it is responsible to(a) Coopers and Lybrand and its subsidiaries, (b) Peat Marwick and its subsidiaries, (c) Ernst and Young and its subsidiaries, (d) Arthur Andersen and its subsidiaries, (e) Price Waterhouse and its subsidiaries, (f) Grant Thornton and its subsidiaries, (g) Stoy Hayward and its subsidiaries, (h) Robson Rhodes and its subsidiaries, and (i) Pannell Kerr Forster and its subsidiaries, for privatisation, market testing and management advice, accounting, audit, consultancy and other services in 1993–94 and 1994–95. [34104]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The Ministry of Defence has contracts with a number of the companies listed. However, details of the contracts and the values are a matter of commercial confidentiality between the Ministry of Defence and the companies concerned. Records held centrally by the Ministry of Defence Procurement Executive does not include details of any contracts placed by the various agencies, nor do they indicate the precise nature of the individual contracts. To obtain the information would incur disproportionate cost.

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