HC Deb 01 April 2004 vol 419 cc1589-90W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which former officials of the Department have asked for permission to join(a)PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG. [156899]

Ms Hewitt

DTI civil servants like all civil servants are subject to the Business Appointment Rules, which set out the circumstances in which they must seek permission to accept outside appointments within two years of leaving the service. A copy of the Rules is available in the Libraries of the House. Information about appointments taken up by the most senior staff are published in the annual reports of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

Since 2001 the following have sought permission under the Business Appointment Rules to join the firms named.

Ms Hewitt

My Department undertakes a wide variety of projects as part of on-going maintenance and improvements of its current stock. The total capital cost of minor works, maintenance, and renovation projects involving significant works to the building services and fabric, over the last five years are as follows:

Financial year £ million
1999–2000 2.15
2000–01 1.80
2001–02 4.75
2002–03 2.20
2003–04 2.30

Those of a significant value are as follows:

  1. (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers—One retired Senior Civil Servant
  2. (b) Deloitte & Touche—None
  3. (c) Ernst and Young—None
  4. (d) KPMG—One former Insolvency Service Examiner