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Departmental Consultants

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on consultants in each financial year since 1997, broken down by consultancy. (180823)

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 organizations 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.

To provide information on the Department's consultancy spend broken down by consultancy since 1997 would incur disproportionate cost. The information held by the Home Department on the total value of spend on consultancy since 1997 is as follows:

£

Financial year

HO Headquarters

IPS

Total spend

1997-98

7,627,016

1

7,627,016

1998-99

4,351,060

237,385

4,588,445

1999-00

9,822,145

480,527

10,302,672

2000-01

30,716,195

2457,073

31,173,268

2001-02

24,383,520

21,938,219

26,321,739

2002-03

3

22,272,996

3

2003-04

111,602,850

23,836,770

115,439,620

2004-05

55,991,869

24,486,183

60,478,052

2005-06

128,000,000

210,912,741

138,912,741

2006-07

118,000,000

29,870,522

147,870,522

1 Included in HO HQ.

2 IPS recently revised figures.

3 Not held.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts were awarded by her Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) any other consultancy firms in each of the last 12 months; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) value was of each of these contracts. (196563)

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 does not hold a central record of individual contracts with external consultants. To provide information on what contracts were awarded by the Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) any other consultancy firms in each of the last 12 months would incur disproportionate cost.

The (i) purpose of the contracts is the provision of advice, guidance, training and operational development and support in a broad range of areas from business change to technical development.

The latest information held by the Home Department on the (ii) value of the total spend with the named companies relates to the FY 2006-07 and is as follows:

Home Office including agencies 2006-07

£

Deloitte and Touche

13,753,669

Ernst and Young

4,675,868

KPMG

1,873,314

McKinsey

1,600,000

PricewaterhouseCoopers

4,669,861

The latest information held on the Department's total consultancy spend inclusive of that with the named companies above for the FY 2006-07 is as follows:

£

Financial year

HO headquarters

IPS

Total spend

2006-07

118,000,000

29,870,522

147,870,522