HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc26-7W
Annabelle Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the(a) number and (b) value of contracts awarded by his Department to (i) Arthur Andersen, (ii) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iv) KPMG and (v) PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants in each year since 1997. [34985]

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 value of contracts is provided in the table as follows:

1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01
Arthur Andersen 0 0 0 0
Deloitte & Touche 2.4 2.4 2.8 10.7
Ernst & Young 1.9 2.7 3.8 0.98
KPMG 0.1 1.0 0.42 0.52
PWC 1.7 1.2 0.32 0.47

Figures relate to contracts awarded by the ex Department of Social Security up to the last full financial year for which information is available.

Arthur Andersen: the figures in the table relate to Andersen Worldwide, Arthur Andersen (AA) and not to Andersen Consulting which split from the Andersen Worldwide organisation in 1999.

Remuneration with Deloitte & Touche rose sharply between 1999–2000 and 2000–01 because, following competition, they were selected as a strategic partner for the Child Support Agency to assist in implementing Child Support Reforms. The increased remuneration reflects the increased work done under this partnership since late 1999, for example business process and organisational design and planning and IS/IT assurance.

Ernst & Young/CGEY. The consulting arm of Ernst & Young was purchased by Cap Gemini in 2000 to form Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGEY).

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was formed on 1 July 1998 as the result of a merger of the Price Waterhouse and Coopers and Lybrand organisations.

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