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Ofsted

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1395-96W, on Ofsted, what the name was of each consultant employed; what role each consultant played; and what individual payments each consultant received. (133832)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to my hon. Friend and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 24 May 2007:

Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for reply. I am sorry for the delay in my response. The information requested is held by a number of teams within Ofsted and it has taken us some time to collate the information.

You asked, following our response of 27th March 2007, Official Report columns 1395-6W, on Ofsted, the name of each consultant employed; the role each consultant played; and the individual payments each consultant received.

Our legal advice indicates it would not be appropriate to provide details of the names, fees paid and specific roles relating to individual consultants or companies only employing one consultant as we would be revealing personal data, and so information relating to individuals (which totals about £105,000) has been excluded from the information included at Annex A.

It would also be contrary to Ofsted's commercial interests and our general contractual relations to release contractual details such as company names and fee rates, and we have therefore presented information on the amount Ofsted has spent on consultancy with suppliers, by groups, in anonymous format in the table attached at Annex A. The amount Ofsted has spent is inclusive of VAT.

The broad roles fulfilled by the consultants are outlined below:

Project management and technical consultancy for new information systems development (Suppliers shown in Group A);

Project management and technical support for Human Resources, Health and Safety and operational management (Suppliers shown in Group B);

Technical support for an on-line self evaluation system for schools (Suppliers shown in Group C);

Property management for disposal of surplus property (Suppliers shown in Group D);

Project management and other technical support for the development for the new Ofsted web site (Suppliers shown in Group E);

Project management and technical consultancy to update our people management and finance systems (Suppliers shown in Group F).

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Annex A

Supplier number

Group

Amount spent(£)

Sub total (£)

Total (£)

1

A

46,013

2

A

25,000

3

A

55,000

4

A

5,941

5

A

77,093

6

A

36,861

7

A

283,507

8

A

22,995

9

A

20,642

10

A

238,398

11

A

2,820

12

A

4,512

13

A

94

14

A

16,744

15

A

31,666

16

A

4,700

17

A

48,089

18

A

1,645

19

A

420,984

20

A

4,573

21

A

12,440

1,359,717

26

B

1,281

30

B

5,462

31

B

58,309

32

B

71,193

136,245

33

C

12,330

34

C

15,999

35

C

97,416

125,745

36

D

153

37

D

105,129

105,282

38

E

2,350

39

E

71,411

40

E

527,661

601,422

41

F

93,951

42

F

21,284

115,235

2,443,646