§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the(a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000–01 by the Department and its agencies. 
§ Jane Kennedy
DWP was established in June 2001. The information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, we are able to provide total spend by this Department with these accountancy firms, which is as follows:
£ million 2001–021 2002–03 Deloitte & Touche 8.1 4.2 Ernst & Young 22.3 3.5 KPMG 1.1 2.6 PricewaterhouseCoopers 0.5 1.4 1 Estimate. 2 Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.
The figures for 2001–02 figures are for the complete year and are estimates of the spend for the legacy organisations. Also, 2003–04 figures will be available in June and July 2004.