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Consultancy Contracts

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Firm and assignment

Arthur Andersen—Design of VAT work planning systems BIS Systems—Review of planning and control procedure for Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF); advice on data cabling of HQ offices (2 contracts)
British Telecom—Technical study of new electronic tariff Calidus Systems — Advice on data administration for CHIEF
Comshare — Development of management information systems
Datafit—Development of various computer programmings
Ernst Whinney—Development of management information systems; review of part of IT strategy
Expert Systems International—Advice on expert systems Honeywell—Study of extension to computerised intelligence system
Hoskyns—Support to CHIEF system (2 contracts)
Hunterskil South—Computerisation of registry
ICL—Support to CHIEF system (4 contracts)
Inforem—Business Systems Analysis methodology
Keith London Associates—Testing of VAT management information system
LBMS—Software design study
Logica—Review of Departmental Entry Processing System requirements; advice on Structural Systems and Design Methodology
Mindworks — Development of management information systems (2 contracts)
National Computing system—Advice on computerisation of personnel records
PActel — Production of project control guidelines for CHIEF
Peat Marwick McLintock — Development of Mainframe links with micro-computers; activity costing and decision support programmes
Regional Computer Systems—Computerisation of personnel records
Soft Option—Computerisation of personnel records
Systems Concepts—Computerisation of personnel records; development of management information system
System Designers—Development of management information systems
Timeslice — Development of accounting system for Solicitor's Office
Yale Data Management—Establishment of CHIEF System Test Branch

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Inland Revenue in 1987 giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

[holding answer 30 March 1988]: The Inland Revenue awarded the following consultancy contracts in 1987:

  • Touche Ross—Contingency Planning
  • Cullinet—Data Management and Database Design
  • Oracle UK Ltd.—Database Products
  • Park Avenue Productions PLC—Communications
  • Celtechnology—Organisation, Management
  • J. Pincus—Specialist Management Training
  • Peat Marwick McClintock—Financial Systems