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Departmental Contracts

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) PA Consulting by his Department and its agencies in each year since 2004-05. (179022)

The information requested by my hon. Friend is as follows:

Company/Objective

Value of contract (£)

For the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Deloitte and Touche

Advice in relation to Private Finance Initiative options for various projects

2004-05

11,300

Ernst and Young

None

KPMG

IT Strategy Development, Shared Services Banking consultancy, Efficiency Health Check

2006-07

154,429

2007-08

118,518

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Provision of Accounting and Auditing services to FCO Resource Accounts and Internal Audit Departments

2004-05

5,000

2005-06

499,377

2006-07

112,300

2007-08

300,000

PA Consulting

UK Visas Biometric consultancy, Shared Services consultancy, Commercial Partnerships Consultancy and Change Management Support

2004-05

590,579

2005-06

5,125,928

2006-07

15,737,004

2007-08

11,763,173

FCO Services (an Executive Agency of the FCO)

Deloitte and Touche

None

Ernst and Young

None

KPMG

Accountancy services in respect of a Value Added Tax Review (VAT)

2007-08

128,912

PricewaterhouseCoopers

None

PA Consulting

General Management Consultancy Services including those related to the Future Vision and Strategy/Trading Fund Programme

2004-05

193,456

2005-06

47,400

2006-07

36,008

2007-08

3,840,879

The figures in the table represent FCO and FCO Services commitments (i.e. excluding VAT) to these companies during this period and not the actual expenditure against these commitments some of which may be made in subsequent periods. These figures are based on reports produced by Prism, the FCO's financial and management information system. The amounts actually paid against these commitments may differ where VAT is applied. The contracts/services detailed reflect the key services/contracts which these commitments have covered.

These figures also only cover commitments/contracts made in the UK and exclude those made by our missions overseas, which due to currency/exchange rate issues we are not readily able to include here.