To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) value and (b) nature is of each contract his Department has with Capita. 
My Department has a number of contracts with Capita for a range of different services. These are as follows:
This contract is for the administration of the Teachers' Pensions Scheme. The current contract worth £70 million over seven years expires at the end of September 2003. The Department has just awarded Capita a new contract from October 2003, also for seven years, with a value of £62 million.
This contract is to develop and deliver the Connexions Card. It is a seven-year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, with a value of £109.7 million.
Consultancy Framework Contracts
Framework contracts provide for general management consultancy and consultancy support for LEA interventions. Information on the use and value is not held centrally.
Executive Recruitment and Search
A framework contract to provide executive recruitment services. Information on the use and value is not held centrally.