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Consultancy

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive. (107175)

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is unable to provide all of the information requested by the hon. Member as to do so would be at disproportionate cost.

Following the Northern Ireland Audit Office report “Use of Consultants”, the NIO has recently issued a new policy on the use of external consultants. Included in this is an annual statement for the annual actual and planned expenditure on external consultants and staff substitution. An annual statement was produced for the 2005-06 financial year. Therefore, we can provide the 10 most expensive consultancy fees charged to the NIO, excluding its agencies and NDPBs, for the financial year 2005-06. They were:

Name of consultant/firm

Subject of consultancy

Cost (£)

PCR Ltd

Leadership development training programme

300,000

Deloitte and Touche

Implementation of Criminal Justice Review recommendations leading to the implementation of the Public Prosecution Service (PPSNI)

287,925

Tim Lewis Recruitment

Management of the Causeway Programme(10-year project has been established to improve integration of criminal justice information systems)

204,651

Deloitte and Touche

Assisting implementation of Criminal Justice Review recommendations leading to the implementation of the Public Prosecution Service (PPSNI)

177,979

Osprey Mott MacDonald/Mott MacDonald Ltd

Project management and technical design services for the new Forensic Science Laboratory NI

126,409

Internet Solutions Ireland/Fluent Technology

Provision of new IT system for the State Pathologist's Department

125,782

Deloitte and Touche

Management of the Causeway programme(10-year project has been established to improve integration of criminal justice information systems)

121,544

Keppies Design

Design consultancy and operational advice for the Juvenile Justice Centre project

120,159

Tim Lewis Recruitment

FLAX2 IT Project—computerisation of 13 manual processes

107,000

Oliver Sanders

Research/Drafting on new Human Rights Guidance

92,963