§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2004,Official Report, column 524W, on departmental officials, whether the secondee from Deloitte & Touche contributed to the specification of the basis on which tenders were invited for the identity card project; and whether the secondment was arranged after a competitive process. 
§ Mr. Browne
No. The secondee from Deloitte did not contribute to specification of the basis on which tenders were invited for the identity card project.
In common with general practice for secondments to the Home Office, the secondee from Deloitte was identified and appointed on a short-term basis as part of a bilateral arrangement with the company. Other secondees to the identity card programme have been appointed on a similar basis.