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Consultancy Contracts

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Manpower Services Commission in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

The management and computer consultancy contracts awarded during 1987 are listed below:

Management consultancy contracts
ConsultantsSubject of Assignment
Jones, Lang, WoottonFeasibility study on untying MSC from Property Services Agency.
Central Unit on Purchasing (Her Majesty's Treasury Consultant)Provide advice about purchasing arrangements within MSC
PIEDATo improve local labour market operations in Scotland
Centre for Urban and Regional Industrial Development (University of Manchester)Manchester labour market consultancy project
Coopers and LybrandGuidance for MSC staff on appraisal and viability of Voluntary Organisations
Centre for EmploymentStudy of operational systems
Initiatives
Coopers and LybrandGuidance for MSC staff on implementation of item 5 above
Armitage NortonDrawing up financial systems of control for community roots trust
EOSYS LtdProduction of an information technology directory

Consultants

Subject of Assignment

Armitage NortonDrawing up managerial systems of control for community roots trust
Centre for Employment InitiativesStudy of operational systems
Sheffield Council of Voluntary ServicesPilot appraisal and viability test checks see 5 and 7 above
Prospect CentreDevelop MSC's human resource development strategy
Sheffield City PolytechnicTo assist central research information unit

(2) Computer consultancy projects

P E Consulting ServicesTo study current and future needs of sheltered employment branch
C. J. MakesonA study to examine MSC's proposals for, and design of a network terminal protocol
ComshareTo provide MSC senior management with on-line access to screen-based reports of corporate information
Central Computer and telecommunications Agency (CCTA)To examine the PLECTRUM computer system, evaluate errors and security procedures
A. J. AykroydA consultant to assist with the development of the "Master Modeller" software package
Coopers and LybrandTo advise the Director of the MSC on the levels of investment the commission should make in information technology
P A Computer and TelecommunicationsTo assist MSC in the introduction of office technology in head office
Arthur YoungTo assist MSC in deciding whether data sharing is applicable in the MSC environment
P. E. Consulting ServicesTo produce options and recommendations for stand-alone office technology systems
Hoskyns GroupTo study the options for the continuing support of the TOPS and SPECTRUM systems
Mr. BoothroydTo monitor the progress of the introduction of office technology for senior management and special measures division
Concurrent Computer Corporation LtdTo test the work load capacity of the SUPERVACS system
Arthur YoungA consultant to provide technical support in information engineering concepts and methods
CCTA ConsultantA feasibility study into the expansion of the BACIE database
CCTA ConsultantTo examine MSC's use of automated software development tools and to make recommendations for future use
Mr. HarrisonTo produce a distance learning package for SUPERVACS operators
Mr. BoothroydTo provide advice to head of computing on proposed office technology development
CCTATo establish the effectiveness of control, management and working methods employed on the FMAS project
CCTATo establish the user requirements, system specification and business case for central research information system
Mr. HumphriesA consultant to provide advice about the training access point project
ICLA consultant to provide advice about the implementation of a free text multi-user database

Consultants

Subject of Assignment

CAP Industry LtdTo provide quality assurance for the SUPERVACS project
CCTATo provide contingency plans to support the SUPERVACS system
CompsoftA consultant to provide advice about computerisation of the staff deployment survey
South Yorkshire Microsystems CentreTo develop a database and provide training for the RESTART project
ComshareAdditional development work on providing information to MSC senior management
P. A. ConsultantsA consultancy to provide a training course for the implementation of the office technology systems
CCTATo carry out further work on the central research information system
CCTA ConsultantTo carry out a post-implementation review of the 'VETG' reorganisation project
XentecTo assist in the running of the SPECTRUM system
J. Westgate (Consultants) LtdTo assist with the implementation of network terminal protocol
CAPTo look into the feasibility on implementing a terminal protocol on an open systems interconnection conforming network
XentecTo assist in the maintenance of the SPECTRUM system
C. MakemsonTo provide quality assurance for the various outputs from MSC's virtual terminal protocol project
Sherringtom Software LtdTo provide programmers for work on the TOPS MINIS project
CCTA ConsultantTo establish the requirements for the display of vacancies on ORACLE
COMPSOFTTo provide guidance on the most efficient way to design and implement an accident database
Presenting with StyleTo provide training in the use of 'WordPerfect' software for senior officers' secretaries
M. Wilson (Consultant)To carry out changes to the Supercalc system for a staff development survey
P. A. Computers and Telecommunications LtdTo provide advice and assistance on replicating MSC's 'MASCOT' system in head office
EOSYSTo carry out a strategic review of videoconferencing requirements within the DE group
CCTA ConsultantTo undertake a scoping study of funding, charging and management aspects of the MSC network
ORACLE TELETEXT LtdTo investigate and determine the requirements of the employment service in respect of passing information from the jobcentre computer network to ORACLE
CAMTECTo assist with the development of the MSC network management system

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

The following firms were awarded contracts by the Department of Employment group, excluding the Manpower Services Commission, in 1987:

Management consultancy contracts

Firm

Subject of assignment

AIMS TrainingAdvice on the use of structured systems analysis and design methodology (SSADM)
Arthur AndersenTo prepare a full study report on computerisation of benefit-related payments
D. E. Barnard SystemsPost-implementation review follow-up study
CACIResearch on unemployment in council house estates
CCTA Consultancy ServicesElectronic mail study
CCTA Consultancy ServicesNon-quantifiable benefits study
CMA Ltd.Ad-hoc consultancy for computer project
CMG Information Services Public Sector Ltd.Comparative study of computing costs
Coopers and LybrandReview of local innovation centres
Datasolve Ltd.Consultancy support to computer
Deloitte Haskins and SellFinancial management review of British Tourist Authority and English Tourist Board
Durham University Business SchoolEmployment of graduates in small firms
HUSATJob design and other human factors affecting operators in the NUBS 2 project
ICL Ltd.Advice on the use of software tools
ICL Ltd.Development of a computer prototype
IFF Research Ltd.Vacancies and recruitment in Great Britain
LogicaSystem support
Macdonell DouglasTo produce a prototype for the computerisation of personnel records
R O'Connor ConsultantsInformation technology standards strategy study
PA Computers and Telecommunications Ltd.Evaluation criteria for a major computer project
PA Consultancy Services Ltd.Office automation pilot study
PA Consultancy Services Ltd.Work in connection with the review of the skills training agency
Pannell Kerr Foster AssociatesReview of the statistical needs of the tourism industry
Segal Quince WicksteedHelping small firms start up and grow; creating a supportive local environment
Donald Smith Seymour and RooleyGenerator replacement feasibility study
Yale Data Ltd.To investigate the feasibility of local payment of benefit
Arthur YoungTo prepare and advise on procedures for managing major capital works projects
Arthur YoungEnhancement to resource information system: commitment accounting