§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number, nature and value of contracts awarded 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. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The information requested is shown in the table. The details have been extracted from my Department's central contracts database; there may, however, be other contracts, such as those placed by defence agencies, which have not been included. The central database does not include details of the specific nature of the contracts, and further details could be provided only at disproportionate cost. It is the policy of this Department not to release details of individual contract values and, as there have only been one or two contracts with some of these companies, to overcome this problem the following table includes some "banded" figures.
Financial year Contracts Approximate value Coopers and Lybrand 1994–95 11 £2 million 1995–96 10 £1 million KPMG 1994–95 8 Less than £1 million 1995–96 7 Less than £1 million Price Waterhouse 1994–95 15 £4 million 1995–96 28 £2 million Ernst and Young 1994–95 Fewer than five Less than £1 million 1995–96 Fewer than five Less than £1 million
Financial year Contracts Approximate value Deloitte and Touche 1994–95 No contracts 1995–96 Fewer than five Less than £1 million Arthur Anderson 1994–95 Fewer than five £2 million 1995–96 Fewer than five Less than £1 million Grant Thornton 1994–95 No contracts 1995–96 Fewer than five Less than £1 million BDO Stoy Hayward — No contracts either year Panel Kerr Forster 1994–95 No contracts 1995–96 Fewer than five Less than £1 million Robson Rhodes — No contracts either year