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Departmental Projects

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees have been in respect of each; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. (106582)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) largest procurement projects are predominantly associated with our major construction and IT related programmes. Our longer term capital procurement projects are reported annually in our departmental report, copies of which are available in the Library of the House and on the FCO website at

However, there is also significant expenditure on procurement projects that are treated as administration costs rather than capital expenditure. A composite list of the 20 largest procurement projects since May 1997, covering both capital and administration expenditure is therefore listed as follows:

FTN Telecommunications Project

Future Firecrest IT Project

Berlin Embassy Build

Prism ERP System

Worldwide Travel Services

Iraq Security Contracts (2005)

Public Services Programme

Iraq Security Contracts (2004)

Old Admiralty Building office refurbishment

New ICT Building at Hanslope Park

Airfreight Forwarding Services

Knowledge Management Programme

Iraq Security Guarding Contracts (2006)

Baghdad Offices

Basra Offices

Afghanistan Security Guarding (2006)

Heavy Baggage contract

Heavy Baggage contract

Dar Es Salaam Embassy Build

Doha Offices, Residence and Amenities

The FCO operates a devolved system of budgeting and no central records covering the original budget, cost to date, and consultancy fees in respect of each or the final costs of each project are held. To provide further detailed information covering each of these projects would incur disproportionate cost.