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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many consultations undertaken by private contractors his Department commissioned in the last 12 months; who carried them out; and what the cost was of each. (188356)

In the last 12 months my Ministry has not commissioned private contractors to carry out any consultations in their entirety. However, private contractors, including third sector organisations, have carried out certain aspects of a number of consultations for the Ministry of Justice. Details are in the following table.

Name of consultation(s)

Name of private contractor

What they have been commissioned to do

Cost (£)

MoJ Third Sector Strategy: Improving policies and securing better Public services through effective Partnerships (and NOMS Third Sector Strategy)

Sand Resources Ltd

35 days’ consultancy work, contracted to draft MoJ consultation paper, help analyse responses and help produce final strategy paper. Also contracted to help analyse responses to NOMS Third Sector Action Plan and help develop final NOMS Action Plan


Draft Coroners Bill—reporting restriction provisions

Opinion Leader Research

One day workshop with stakeholders including representatives from the media and voluntary sectors and with coroners


NOMS Third Sector Strategy

CLINKS (Third sector organisation)

Run four Third Sector stakeholder events


NOMS Believing We Can


Run two Faith stakeholder events in the North West


NOMS Thirds Sector Strategy/Believing We Can

Lincolnshire Action Trust (Third sector organisation)

Run consultation events and develop third sector and faith alliances in the East Midlands


NOMS Thirds Sector Strategy/Believing We Can

Futures Unlocked (Third sector organisation)

Run consultation events and develop third sector and faith alliances in the East Midlands


Review of remuneration of Tribunals' Judiciary

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Advise the senior salaries review on remuneration of tribunals’ judiciary, which included job evaluation and consultation on behalf of SSRB


1 Grant funding.

2 Please note that while this consultation was funded by the Ministry of Justice it was commissioned by the Office of Manpower Economics (OME). OME provides the secretariat for the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB).