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HM Revenue and Customs: Consultants

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure on external advice and consultancy was incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; how much has been incurred in 2006-07; which consultants were engaged; and on what projects. (123358)

[holding answer 27 February 2007]: The spend from HMRC consultancy budgets for the periods requested was published by the National Audit Office in their report on Central Government’s Use of Consultants in December 2006 (HC 128). Figures for 2006-07 will be published in HMRC’s departmental report this spring.

Information on which consultants were engaged is not readily available and we would incur disproportionate costs in carrying out this analysis. However, we can make available the results of earlier analysis which we have on file, showing the top 20 (top 10 for 2004-05) spend by consultancy firm. The information is as follows:

Top 10 consultancy suppliers by spend—EX-IR and EX-CE, 2004-05

Cap Gemini Ernst and Young UK

Deloitte MCS Ltd.

PA Consulting Group

Methods Application Ltd.

Detica Ltd.

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary UK

Accenture Ltd.

The Nesco Group

Alan Whitfield Associates

French Thornton

Top 20 consultancy suppliers by spend—HMRC, 2005-06

Deloitte and Touche

KPMG Consulting Ltd.

PA Consulting Group

Methods

DBI Consulting Ltd.

Mckinsey and Co.

Parity Resources Ltd.

Nesco

Detica Ltd.

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary UK

Serco Ltd.

Xansa UK Ltd.

Cap Gemini Ernst and Young UK

Alan Whitfield Associates

Fujitsu Services Ltd.

Accenture Ltd.

BMRB International

Hedra Consortium

TRL Ltd.

Electronic Data Systems Ltd.

Top 20 consultancy suppliers by spend—HMRC, April 2006 to January 2007

Detica Ltd.

Fujitsu Services Ltd.

Deloitte MCS Ltd.

Parity Resourcing Ltd.

Methods Consulting Ltd.

Smartsourcing plc.

The Nesco Group

Accenture Services Ltd.

Serco Consulting

Xansa

Fujitsu Services Ltd. (Pacesetter)

PA Consulting Group

Coi-Coi Trading Fund/GNN

Language Line Ltd.

Serco Ltd.

Specialist Computer Centres

Pharmaventures

Gartner Group UK Ltd.

The Yellow Team Ltd.

Ashbourne Assessment Systems Ltd.