§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a list showing the number, nature and value of contracts award by his Department to Coopers and Lybrand, KPMG, Price Waterhouse, Ernst and Young, Deloitte and Touche, Arthur Andersen, Grant Thornton, BDO Stoy Hayward, Pannel Kerr Forster, and Robson Rhodes and their subsidiaries and associates, during 1995 and 1996. 
§ Sir John Wheeler
The total value of contracts awarded by the Northern Ireland Office and the Departments of Economic Development, of Education, of the Environment and of Finance and Personnel to all the companies listed and their subsidiaries and associates in 1995–96 was £1,962,095. The information is not available in the form requested in the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Social Services. However, these Departments paid £474,326 to these companies and their subsidiaries in 1995–96. The value of contracts awarded and payments made to individual companies cannot be provided for reasons of commercial confidentiality.
The total number and nature of contracts awarded in the Northern Ireland Office and the Departments of Agriculture, of Economic Development, of Education, of the Environment, and of Finance and Personnel are as follows:
Company Number Nature of contracts Coopers and Lybrand 53 Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Information and Control systems Evaluation Projects Training Project Research/Review Investment Appraisal Miscellaneous KPMG 9 Management Consultancy Projects Surveys Market Testing Marketing Price Waterhouse 12 Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Production Management Ernst and Young 7 Financial Appraisal Deloitte and Touche (including Touche Ross) 23 Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Evaluation Projects Investment Appraisal Market Testing Miscellaneous BDO Stoy Hayward 4 Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Market Testing Pannel Kerr Forster 1 Prior Options Study
Information on the number of contracts awarded in the Department of Health and Social Services is not available. However, the nature of contracts awarded is as follows:
Company Nature of Contracts Coopers and Lybrand Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Project Research KPMG Financial Consultancy Price Waterhouse Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Evaluation Projects VFM study Ernst and Young Financial Consultancy Deloitte and Touche (including Touche Ross) Management Consultancy Financial Consultancy Evaluation Projects
Arthur Andersen, Grant Thornton and Robson Rhodes were not awarded any contracts.