HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc790-1W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the(a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000–01 by the Department and its agencies. [166089]

Mr. Leslie

From 1 January 2000 until 31 March 2004, my Department has let contracts for consultancies and other services with these accountancy firms on a number of occasions for a variety of reasons.

Our net expenditure with these companies, for the period in question, together with examples of the type of services they provided and the projects they supported are set out.

Service provider Net spend 1 January 2004 Examples of services provided
to 31 March 2004 (£)
Deloitte and Touche 535,000 Consultancy support on the Tribunals for Users Programme and the IT Shared
Services Project. Risk management training
Ernst and Young 760,000 Consultancy support on the Courts and Tribunals Modernisation Programme.
Financial advice linked with the Libra project and the Queen Anne's Gate Project.
Financial advice on major construction schemes.
KPMG 361,000 Consultancy support connected with the Untied Courts Administration Programme.
Support in connection with work to develop leadership capability. Financial advice
on major construction schemes.
PricewaterhouseCoopers 3,900,000 Consultancy support on the Consumer Strategy Project. Risk management advice
and the provision of Interim Managers. Financial advice on major construction

This expenditure reflects the wide-ranging and fast-paced programme to modernise the Department's work, to increase efficiency, provide better customer service, and value for money for the taxpayer.

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