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Departmental Consultants

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been paid by his Department in consultancy fees since its establishment. (171892)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created by machinery of government changes at the end of June 2007. Since its inception, the Department has operated a devolved procurement structure for consultancy contracts. There is no central register of contracts let and information on consultancy fees is not held separately for DIUS for prior years, therefore this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, year to date, the Department has spent £2,721,925 on consultancy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and whether the consultant’s report is publicly available in each case. (181883)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) PA Consulting by his Department, its predecessor Department and its agencies in each year since 2004-05. (179037)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) was created as a result of machinery of government changes in June 2007. DIUS operates a devolved procurement structure for consultancy contracts. As such there is no central register of contracts let. Information on this type of expenditure is not held separately for DIUS for prior years therefore this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, year to date, the Department has spent £2,721,925 on consultancy.