HC Deb 07 September 2004 vol 424 cc959-60W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts have been let by his Department in each financial year since 2001–02 to(a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young for advising his Department on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts; and what fees were paid in each case. [182262]

Fiona Mactaggart

From the best information available, the number of contracts let with these suppliers, and the fees paid, are as follows:

Fees £000
Supplier/Project 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
2 Marsham Street1 757 183 9
Criminal Records Bureau2 0 0 163
Passports3 0 0 63
Deloitte and Touche
Secure Training Centres 0 252 153
HM Prisons Bronzefield
and Peterborough4 0 0 18
Criminal Records Bureau 0 25 0
Ernst and Young
2Marsham Street—financial advice prior to contract close and arrangements to launch a variation bond
2Criminal Records Bureau—PricewaterhouseCoopers provided internal audit services, and KPMG provided financial advice and support
3Passports—Scoping Study for Development of Sampling Strategy (Fraudulent Passports). Note: This is the contract value.
4HM Prisons—advice on accounting treatment of Bronzefield and Peterborough

The use of external consultants helps the Department to successfully deliver projects across the office, particularly where the in-house resources are insufficient in number, or do not possess the specialised skills and expertise required.

The Department also benefits from strategic business advice and the transfer of skills and knowledge to staff.