§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the(a) nature and (b) value was of contracts, consultancies and other services placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) Pricewaterhouse Coopers since 2000–01 by the former Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and its agencies. 
§ Yvette Cooper
The value of contracts placed by the former Department for Transport Local Government and the Regions and its agencies for the years 2000–01 and 2001–02 with the suppliers detailed in the question was as follows.
£ PWC 4,239,936 Ernst and Young 112,000 Deloitte & Touche 860,831 KPMG 2,292,625
The nature of such contracts across the Department and its agencies can be provided only at disproportionate cost.