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Management Consultants

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the studies conducted inside his Department by management consultants over the last 10 years, naming the consultancy, the cost, the subject and the outcome in each instance.

With the exception of the cost, which consider would be a breach of commercial confidentiality, the information is as follows:

Consultancy

Subject

Outcome

1984–85

Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
Institute of Manpower StudiesDevelopment of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring SystemSystem developed

1985–86

Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte)Development of an improved Management Information SystemIntroduction of an improved Management Information System
Gilpin Black AssociatesDeveloping input/output measures for individual assignment teamsImproved means of measuring performance
Institute of Manpower StudiesDevelopment of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring SystemSystem developed

1986–87

Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
Coopers and Lybrand Associates (NI) Ltd.Castlenavan Quarry, (DOE owned). Advising the Department on accounting procedures appropriate to a quarrying operationMajority of recommendations accepted and implemented
Design of Bookkeeping system for Government Accounts BranchSystem introduced
Deloitte, Haskins and SellsFinancial Management Survey in two of the Education and Library BoardsRecommendations translated into Action Plans for implementation
Institute of Manpower StudiesDevelopment of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring SystemSystem Developed
Purchasing Index (UK) Ltd.Assistance with establishment and developing Central Unit of PurchasingUnit established and operational
Touche RossReview of current Management Information Systems within the Standard Capital Grants SchemeOf the 16 recommendations made, three were rejected because they were already in place, eight referred to variations on current practice and the remaining five were implemented
PA Management ConsultantsReport on shift and complementing study (Fresh Start)Report commissioned aid with Fresh Start. Proposals were ultimately rejected

1987–88

Coopers and Lybrand AssociatesAwareness and effectiveness of the Standard Capital Grants SchemeThe report showed that the Capital Grants Scheme was not cost effective and did not provide good value for public money. It was decided to end the scheme as from 31 March 1988 and re-target resources more effectively
Financial Management Survey in other three Education and Library BoardsRecommendations translated into Action Plans for implementation
Deloitte Haskins SellsFinancial Management Survey in two of the Education and Library BoardsRecommendations translated into Action Plans for implementation
Diane Bailey AssociatesTo provide training for Senior Management in the introduction of the new Staff Appraisal SystemStaff Appraisal System successfully implemented
Institute of Manpower StudiesDevelopment of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring SystemSystem developed
PA Management ConsultantsDevelopment of Organisation Development ProgrammeImplemented Organisation Development Programme
Miss D. M. PhillipsLegislative and functional review of the Department's Historic Monuments and Buildings BranchRecommendations partially accepted
Purchasing Index (UK) LtdDevelopment of permanent arrangements following Central Unit of Purchasing and the monitoring of oil buying for Northern Ireland public sectorAgreement to establish Government Purchasing Service
A. A. WrightDevelopment of car leasing schemeSavings across Northern Ireland public sector

1988–89

BIS-Beecom International Ltd.To prepare incentive bonus schemes to improve the efficiency of the directly employed labour in the Department's Water ServiceIncentive bonus schemes being introduced

C. Dermot BoylanNorthern Ireland share of Whitehall investigation into works contractsLectures to project sponsor
Capita Ltd.Presenting Market Testing SeminarPresentation
CIPFA Services Ltd.Engaged by DOE's Water Service to undertake a purchasing studyRecommendations partially implemented
Coopers and Lybrand Associates (NI) Ltd.Review of privatization options on vehicle inspectionRecommendations partially implemented
Evaluation of tenders for sewer and mobile plant maintenance in the DOE's Water ServiceImplemented
W. HalcrowEfficiency Study of the DOE's Environmental Protection DivisionConclusions still under consideration
PA Management ConsultantsTyping ServicesRecommended that typing service should conduct an organisational Development (OD) Programme
Development of OD ProgrammeRecommendation implemented Organisation Development Programme
Miss D. M. PhillipsLegislative and functional review of the Department's Historic Monuments and Buildings BranchRecommendations partially accepted
Policy Research InstituteEvaluation of the Belfast Action Teams (1–6)Ongoing
Purchasing Index Ltd.Monitoring of oil-buying for Northern Ireland public sectorOil buying monitoring

1989–90

BIS-Beecom International Ltd.to prepare incentive bonus schemes to improve the efficiency of the directly employed labour in the DOE's Works ServiceIncentive bonus schemes being introduced
Business and Economic InitiativeMarket Testing Computer BureauIn house bid prepared
CapitaTo lead the market testing exercise of the TC Stores which service the Training Centre NetworkOngoing—for completion in 1990
Coopers and Lybrand Associations (NI) Ltd.Financial Management Survey in other three Education and Library BoardsRecommendations translated into Action Plans for implementation
Review of privatization options for vehicle inspectionRecommendations partially implemented
Evaluation of tenders for sewer maintenance and repairs in the DOE's Water ServiceImplemented
Evaluation of the Belfast Action Teams (7–8)Ongoing
Coopers and Lybrand DeloitteMarket Testing Computer BureauUsed to support decision to move towards formal tender action
Gilpin Black AssociatesAdvice to Training Centre network on means to achieve registration of Ballymena TC for British Standard 5750 (Quality Assurance Level)Ongoing—for completion in 1990
Institute of Manpower StudiesDevelopment of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring SystemSystem Developed
MMM Consultancy Ltd.Review of Transport and Mobile Plant in the Department of the EnvironmentRecommendations under consideration
Peat Marwick McLintockEngaged by the DOE's Roads Service to undertake efficiency study at Castlenavan QuarryMajority of recommendations accepted and being implemented
Price WaterhouseReview of Departmental investment arrangementsRecommendations being considered
Purchasing Index (UK) Ltd.Monitoring of oil-buying for Northern Ireland public sectorOil buying monitoring
J. C. Stott1. Effect of Government purchasing on smaller firms in the single European MarketGovernment purchasing service developing arrangements for accreditation of suppliers, improve vetting, better information, better links with EC
2. Development of public purchasing system
J. W. StruthersCrown car lease hire schemeScheme implemented
WDR TaggartFeasibility of contracting out grounds maintenance of country parksThe study concluded that very limited savings could be achieved
Medical Director, Home OfficeReport on Workings of Prison Medical Services for MMRD ReportMMRD Report on Prison Medical Services
Psychological Services for KentPsychological tests for new recruitsAdvice on recruitment by using psychological tests analysis. As a result the Northern Ireland Prison Service was able to eliminate a number of unsuitable candidates