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Accountancy Services

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in 2002. [101856]

The Department entered into a nine year PFI contract with Liberata UK Ltd. (formerly CSL Group Ltd.) in January 1998. This contract covers a wide range of services including providing accounting systems, making payments, receipting and accounts production. The cost of accountancy services provided to the Department by Liberata under the contract, and from other external firms of accountants or their management consultancy arms where the assignment was connected with financial matters, in 2002–03 (to February 2003) was £5.7 million.