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Departmental Accountancy

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what items of his Department’s (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer price index, (ii) the retail price index and (iii) other measures of inflation. (180038)

We do not centrally record items of revenue and expenditure which are uprated using indexes and other measures of inflation; we are not therefore able to provide a comprehensive list. We have, however, identified the following items:

Expenditure

Consumer prices index

Contract: China—AIDS Roadmap Technical Support project

Retail prices index

1. DFID’s overseas pensions

2. The following contracts:

(a) ARIES (Activities Reporting Information E-System)—implementation partner/software supplier

(b) Quest EDRM (Electronic Document and Records Management System)

(c) East Kilbride headquarters building maintenance, which includes the retail prices index inflator, in conjunction with BMI (building maintenance information) cost indices

Other measures of inflation

Average earnings index

1. The following contracts:

(a) Human resources payroll database

(b) Bespoke software support—human resources payroll

Other

(c) Palace Street headquarters security guarding