HC Deb 20 May 2003 vol 405 c707W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03. [109485]

Ms Hewitt

Total costs to the DTI for accountancy services are detailed in the table.

£ million
Accounts services provision1 PFI agreement2 System upgrade3 Service to internal audit4
1999–2000 2 0.5 0 0.4
2000–01 2 1.1 0 0.4
2001–02 2 1.4 0 0.4
2002–03 2.7 1.4 5 0.4
1 The Department entered into a new contract for the provision of accounts services with Amey plc, effective from 1 April 2002. The contract covers a 12-year period with a break option at seven years, and covers a number of additional services not provided under the previous contract.
2 The Department entered into a PFI agreement to maintain current hardware to support accounts services provision.
3 The Department also commissioned the development of an updated financial accounting system, forecast to cost a total of £7.5 million.
4 Internal audit services to the Department are delivered under a strategic partnership arrangement with Ernst and Young.

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