HC Deb 10 December 1998 vol 322 cc302-3W
Mr. Robert Jackson

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department are currently on secondment from private companies; and if he will list them, their companies and their current responsibilities within Government. [62830]

Ms Hewitt

At present, 13 staff in the Treasury and the Debt Management Office are on secondment from private companies. Details of the seconding authorities and the secondees' Departmental responsibilities are shown in the table. It is our normal policy not to disclose the names of individual officials.

Details of private sector firms currently seconding staff to HM Treasury and staffs' responsibilities as at 1 December 1998
Seconding organization Responsibilities
Arthur Andersen Provides policy support where necessary to the leading Department on the Public-Private Partnerships for National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the London Underground. Maintains Treasury interests on the completion of the Jubilee Line extension and oversees progress on the Belfast Port Public/Private Partnership.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Monitoring and control of expenditure commitments in relation to PFI; assurances of funding and other expenditure issues; value for money/public sector comparators; management and measurement of risk; payment mechanisms; tax and accounting matters; reduction of bid costs; international interest including liaison with international financial institutions.
Arthur Andersen Provides advice and guidance on corporation and capital tax policy issues.
Arthur Andersen Encourages enterprise and economic growth in industry.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Provision of accountancy advice and guidance to the Treasury, including accounting implications of PFI projects.