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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list, by project, the consultancies her Department and its non-departmental public bodies have used on e-government projects since 1 January 2001. [112836]

The following table identifies consultancy companies which have assisted Defra (including agencies and non departmental bodies) on major e-government projects since 1 January 2001.

RPA Change ProgrammeSchlumberger Sema Consulting
PA Consulting Group
Exotic Disease ControlHedra Ltd
Customer RegistrationCornwell Management Consultants Delta/Schlumberger Sema
Atos KPMG Consulting (AKC)
PA Consulting Group
MAGIC—Multi AgencyLandmark Information Group Ltd
Geographical Information for the CountrysideESRI (UK) Ltd
Phoenix1—Bird import and registration systemsAmtec Consulting Group
Emissions Trading RegisterDelta—Sherwood International, Schlumberger Sema Consulting Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC)
Environment AgencyLogica CMG
Science systems
British Telecom
In addition to the above, the following projects were undertaken by the Delta public/private partnership of Defra's IT Directorate/ Schlumberger Sema and Sherwood International. In all cases the consultancy element was in excess of £100,000Schlumberger Sema and Sherwood International
Animal Health Group (AHG): Date Based Exports Scheme
AHG: Scrapie Control System
Animal Movements Licensing Scheme
Pig Tracing
Scoping Study for the new Veterinary Surveillance System
State Veterinary System (SVS) Generic Disease Control System and other veterinary investigations systems
SVS:Mobile Computing in the Field
SVS:Non—BSE Enhancements
SVS: Vetnet
FAS project
Grants and Subsidies Management Project
Web Based E-Science
Cattle Tracing System
Electronic Delivery for the Plant Health Services
e-Plants Varieties and Seeds
HTR Datacapture and HMI E-forms
Arable Area Payment Scheme E-Forms
Beef Special Premium Scheme Combined Risk Analysis
Extensification Premium Scheme
IACS Aggregated penalties
Monitoring Field Inspections
Suckler Cow Premium Scheme
Sheep Annual Premium Scheme
Sheep Quotas
Sheep Quotas Purchase Scheme
Slaughter Premium Scheme


1. The projects shown in this list are Defra's larger e-government projects (total cost £100,000 or more) which contribute towards the central target of making 100 per cent. of central Government services available by 2005.

2. Under existing arrangements Defra's application development services are normally provided by the 'Delta' public/private partnership involving Schlumberger Sema and Sherwood International.

3. Other consultancy services will also have been provided under the terms of a framework contract with Fujitsu.

4. To provide a breakdown of consultancy companies/support by cost, or to provide details for smaller projects, would incur
disproportionate cost.