HC Deb 11 February 2002 vol 380 cc106-7W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to(a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen for consultancy services for the financial years (i) 1997–98, (ii) 1998–99, (iii) 1999–2000, (iv) 2000–01 and (v) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the remuneration in each case. [33842]

Mr. McCartney

The information requested on the number of contracts let is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information requested on remuneration is provided in the table.

£ million
1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
PricewaterhouseCoopers 1.7 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.3
Ernst & Young 1.9 2.7 3.8 0.98 0.97
Deloitte & Touche 2.4 2.4 2.8 10.7 3.6
KPMG 0.1 1.0 0.42 0.52 0.90
Andersen Consulting 18.4 21.3 9.0 Nil Nil


  1. 1. Figures to 2000–01 relate to contracts awarded by the ex-Department of Social Security.
  2. 2. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)—was formed on 1 July 1998 as the result of a merger of the Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand organisations. PWC spend for the 1997–98 was split with Price Waterhouse accounting for just over £1 million and Coopers & Lybrand, £685,000. Figures from 1 September 2000 may not show the full value of DSS/DWP business to PWC as payment for any work it has done, via its membership of the EDS-led Affinity consortium under the ACCORD contract, is made direct to EDS. Of the total shown so far for 2001–02, £54,000 is in respect of work done for the Employment Service part of DWP and £268,000 for the former DSS part.
  3. 3. Ernst & Young/CGEY—The consulting arm of Ernst & Young was purchased by Cap Gemini in 2000 to form Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY). The figure for 2000–01 is made up of £620,000 paid to Ernst & Young and £357,000 to CGEY. All of the 2001–02 spend is with CGEY, £63,000 of this being in respect of work for the former ES part of DWP and £911,000 with the ex-DSS part.
  4. 4. Andersen Consulting—The figures in the table relate to Andersen Consulting—rather than its former sister organisation within Andersen Worldwide, Arthur Andersen (AA). Andersen Consulting split from the Andersen Worldwide organisation in 1999 and has been known as Accenture since January 2000. The figures shown for 1997–98 to 1999–2000 largely reflect business which moved to Inland Revenue with the transfer of the Contributions Agency in April 2000.