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National Offenders Management Service

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) consultants and (b) interim managers have been employed by (i) the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and (ii) his Department to work in or for NOMS; what the cost of employing such people was in each month since NOMS was established; and what aspect of the work of NOMS each was retained for. (122915)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of consultants NOMS has employed during the period February 2006 to end February 2007 is 79.

Purpose for retaining consultants

Number

Contract value (£)

HT

14

1,463,070

IT

15

832,325

Procurement

12

924,475

Project management

38

1,941,990

Total

79

5,161,860

This total represents less than half a percent of the NOMS Budget.

The number of interim managers which NOMS has employed during the period February 2006 to end February 2007 is 203.

Purpose for retaining interims

Number

Contract value (£)

Staff substitutes

203

14,721,076

Total

203

14,721,076

This total represents 1.3 per cent. of the NOMS budget.

It is not possible to provide details of consultants or interim managers engaged for NOMS by the wider Home Office, since such details were not collated centrally during this period. This is likely to be negligible in the context of information provided in the tables.

We are unable to provide a complete breakdown of the costs on a month-by-month basis, as invoices are not necessarily submitted on this basis as they may be submitted for a piece of work rather than a period of time.