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Capita

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were awarded by his Department to Capita Group plc in each year from 2000-01 to the most recent available date; what the cost was of each contract; what penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions; what the length was of each contract; whether the contract was advertised; how many companies applied for the contract; how many were short-listed; what criteria were used for choosing a company; what provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case; and if he will make a statement. (180703)

The information that is currently held is listed as follows. Some of the records are not available or are held centrally by other Government Departments.

Question:

How much was paid to Capita Group and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000?

Answer:

£

2000-01

69,350

2001-02

95,139

2002-03

7,862

2003-04

9,854

2004-05

7,540

2005-06

102,855

2006-07

428,464

2007-08

470,913

Question:

Which contracts were awarded by DCMS to Capita since 2000-01?

Answer:

2001—Framework Agreement to support quinquennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies.

2007—Air Ticket Booking Service

Question:

What the cost was of each contract?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—£49,000

Air Ticket service—£23,000 to date

Question:

What penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions?

Answer:

None.

Question:

What the length was of each contract?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—five years

Air Ticket service—four years

Question:

Whether the contract was advertised?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—Yes. Official Journal of European Union advert issued.

Air Ticket Service—Yes. Official Journal of European Union advert issued by OGC Buying Solutions.

Question:

How many companies applied for the contract?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—24 companies applied.

Air Ticket service—three companies applied.

Question:

How many were short-listed?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—10 companies short-listed.

Air Ticket service—three companies short-listed.

Question:

What criteria were used for choosing a company?

Answer:

Quinquennial Reviews—Knowledge and Experience, Relevant Skills, Quality Management, Theme Based Expertise, References.

Air Ticket service—Ability to provide the service to agreed standards, implementation plan of service, Quality Assurance Plans, Experience of personnel to be involved within contract, Evidence of existing customer satisfaction and service provision, Contingency planning.

Question:

What provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case?

Answer:

None.