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PricewaterhouseCoopers

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments were made to PricewaterhouseCoopers by her Department in each financial year since 1997. (180824)

Information on the total value of the Department's payments, inclusive of its agencies, made to PricewaterhouseCoopers is available from 2004-05 following the introduction of the Department's ERP—enterprise resource planning—system. Earlier data could be collected only at disproportionate cost. The information held by the Department is as follows:

Payments made to PricewaterhouseCoopers (£)

2004-05

2,380,974

2005-06

2,361,723

2006-07

4,910,425

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has awarded any contracts to PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000. (181511)

The Home Department engages consultancy firms to support and augment civil servants in the delivery of a specific range of work, including large IT development programmes and, where more cost-effective, longer term service delivery programmes.

The Department's expenditure on these services is allocated across a wide range of firms, from small, specialist companies with niche expertise and few employees, to global multinational organisations offering a broad spectrum and substantial depth of consultancy expertise.

The Department awards contracts in competition according to the EU procurement directives based on value for money. The Department uses OGC framework agreements where appropriate. The use of external consultants provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that would not otherwise be available. Some expenditure is on consultants to whom we have outsourced services, such as IT.

The Department inclusive of its agencies has awarded contracts to PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000. The Department does not hold a central record of individual contracts with external consultants. To identify and compile a list of contracts from individual files would incur disproportionate cost.

The information held by the Department on the total value of contracts let to PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2004-05 is as follows:

£

2004-05

2,118,055

2005-06

3,769,092

2006-07

4,669,861