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Departments: Consultants

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the (i) nature and (ii) cost of the work was in each case. (123008)

The Department has one existing private finance initiative contract, let in 1998 and expanded in 2003, with Land Securities Trillium (LST) for the provision of fully serviced accommodation. To support the Department in the management of this complex PFI contract, external consultants have been commissioned to provide professional advice. The costs incurred by the Department in year 2005-6 are described in the table.

External consultants

Nature of the work

Cost of the work in 2005-06 (£)

Lovells.

To provide legal advice on the contract and contractual interpretation

221,151

Drivers Jonas – National Property and Facilities Management Advisers

To provide support on the departmental Estate Strategy, assurance on individual property transactions and support on specific commercial issues.

1,120,586

Parsons Brinckerhoff -Auditors

To provide a level of assurance on performance, quality and service delivery under the direction of Department's Contract Management team.

300,345