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Capita

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (180669)

The total amount paid to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000 is set out in the following table:

£

2000-01

26,365,741

2001-02

42,377,830

2002-03

27,050,920

2003-04

35,895,108

2004-05

211,887,690

2005-06

198,944,409

2006-07

114,262,373

2007-08

96,520,046

The expenditure relates to payments recorded in the Department’s integrated financial information system and credited against Capita Group plc or its subsidiaries. The figure for 2007-08 is for amounts credited up to December 2007.

A complete answer to the question which contracts were awarded by his Department to Capita Group plc in each year from 2000-01 to the latest available date; what the cost was of each contract; what the length was of each contract could be supplied only at disproportionate cost as the Department does not maintain a central record of all contracts.

I can tell you, however, from the records that the Department does hold on Capita and its subsidiaries the following information on contracts (this may not be a comprehensive list):

Contract

Year let

Contract length (year)

Contract value (£ million)

Individual Learning Accounts

2000-01

15

55

Connexions Card

2001-02

26

l09

Education Maintenance Allowances

2003-04

35

48

Teachers' Pensions

2003-04

7

61

Management Consultancy Framework

2003-04

5

4

London Challenge

2004-05

1

0.1

National Strategies

2005-06

5

180

Criminal Records Bureau checking service for Day Care providers

2005-06

5

4

Children’s Services Improvement Framework

2006-07

4

4

Project Management Framework for Academies

2007-08

4

4

Special Educational Needs Framework

2007-08

3

4

1 Terminated October 2002

2 Terminated August 2006

3 Contract novated to Learning and Skills Council April 2005

4 This is a framework agreement and the value of the overall contract is dependant on the number of individual contracts awarded to Capita.

Project management and construction project management services for Academies let in 2004 for a period of 4 years (these are framework agreements and the value of the overall contract is dependant on the number of individual contracts awarded to Capita);

The supply of interim personnel and consultants for the Office of the Schools Commissioner (OSC). Information on contracts is supplied as follows (this may not be a comprehensive list).

Contract

Year let

Contract length (year)

Contract value (£ million)

Local Authority Liaison

2006

2

0.75

Sponsor brokerage

2006

1.5

0.34

Sponsor brokerage

2007

1

0.29

An answer to the questions what penalties for default were imposed on contract provisions; 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; could be provided only at disproportionate costs.