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Departments: Consultants

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by his Department; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each commission. (138453)

As at 1 April 2007, the agencies and consultancies shown in the following table are undertaking work commissioned by my Department and its agencies. The table also provides information on the purpose and cost of each commission.

Details of agencies undertaking work

Purpose of commission

Cost of commission (£)

Grafton Recruitment Agency

State Pathologist Department, medical personal secretary vacancy

10.97 hourly rate plus agency fee

Tim Lewis Recruitment

Development of electronic authorisation and knowledge maps

10,000 estimated cost for 2007-08

Provision of causeway Team Leader

Not available, staff substitution ongoing

Grafton Recruitment

Staff substitution

69,000 cost for 2007-08

Organisational development

30,000 cost for 2007-08

Mr. Scott

Forensic accountancy advice, consultation and court attendance

60,000 per annum

T&S International Training and Consultancy Partnership

Consultancy and training on quality management

20,000 estimated cost for 2007-08

Ben Lee

Human Rights Consultant

19,200 for 2007-08

Collin Burrows

Advisor to UK Steering Group examining alternative policing approaches to the management conflict

217,778.80 from 2002-03 to date

Karolyn Cooper

Drafting of legislation

117,778.80 from 2001-02 to date

Odgers Ray and Berndtson

Executive search and advertising for Police Ombudsman appointment process

Not yet known

Deloitte Total Reward and Benefits Ltd.

Cross borders senior police officer pension transfers

37,451.95 from 2005-06 to date


Review of AEP/taser (children and vulnerable adults)

Nil to date

Dr. Gaston

Specialist adviser on new consultant contracts

Hourly rate 56.70

Mott MacDonald Ltd.

FSNI new accommodation project, project management and technical design services

Daily rates apply

Watson Napier Consulting

Project management and technical design advice

3,000 estimate for 2007-08

Anderson Spratt

Contracted PR advice

40,000 estimate for 2007-08

Public relations support

15,000 estimated cost for 2007-08

Computer Research Associates

Configuration of ICIS downloads for the purpose of statistical analysis of prosecution, conviction and sentencing data

15,000 cost for 2007-08


Development of individual victims and witnesses walkthrough website

10,000 cost for 2007-08


Process re-engineering and implementation of IT service desk

55,000 estimated cost for 2007-08

Jenkinson Consultancy

IIP advice

2,500 estimated cost for 2007-08


Accountancy Advice (FRS 17)

2,500 estimated cost for 2007-08

Nicholson and Bass Ltd. on behalf of McCadden Design

Printing and folding of “Don’t Discount Crime” postcards


Peninsula Print and Design

Design and printing of HIPA scheme leaflets


Design and printing of crime prevention and home safety tips for older people



Design and production of two pop-ups for message in a bottle campaign


DTZ Consultancy

Evaluation of the implementation of ASBOs

30,000 to date, further expenditure expected

Social and Market Research

Research into the views and experiences of people involved in Neighbourhood Watch schemes in NI


Peter Leitch Consultancy Ltd.

Provision of Programme Manager

Not available, staff substitution ongoing


Organisational development

17,000 cost for 2007-08

Community Dialogue

Research project

29,900 cost for 2007-08

Whitewater Grafton

Organisational development

12,251 cost for 2007-08

Watts and Partners

Economic Appraisal and Feasibility Study

75,000 per annum up to 2010

Newell and Budge

IT Project and Programme management

15,176 cost for 2007-08

DJ Thompson

Organisational development

53,000 cost for 2007-08



15,000 cost for 2007-08



19,617 cost for 2007-08


Staff substitution

64,000 cost for 2007-08

Hayes Construction and Property

Staff substitution

215 one day per week



7,250 cost for 2007-08

Office of Government Commerce

IT application development

18,000 cost for 2007-08

Healthy Buildings International

Research Project

4,000 cost for 2007-08

Sean McConville, Queen May and Westfield College

Quality Accreditation

12,000 cost for 2007-08

Scrutiny Panel


1,700 cost for 2007-08

Quest Consulting

Strategic management

10,000 cost for 2007-08


IT security services

7,050 cost for 2007-08


Economic appraisal

72,000 cost for 2007-08


Staff substitution

60,000 cost for 2007-08


This information does not include the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.