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Bird and Bird

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts were awarded by his Department to Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such contract was. (201636)

Since 2005, the Department has contracted with Bird and Bird using the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions open L-Cat Framework agreement for procuring external legal services. The Department does not hold a comprehensive central contracts record. However, the following table presents available information, including known payments for the contracts concerned. Further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental initiative/activity supported

Contract period

Contract value/payments made to Bird and Bird

General legal advice to support the DfES Smartcard Project

2005-06

Framework Agreement used. Payments made were:

2005: £10,358

2006: £21,569

IP Telephony, Records Management BT VOIP Project

January 2005-08

Framework Agreement used. Payments made were:

2006: £4,559

2007: £24,144

2008: £13,133

ContactPoint initiative

February 2006 to March 2008

Framework Agreement Contract value was:

£315,000

Electronic Common Assessment Framework

February 2008 to April 2008

Framework Agreement Contract value was:

£18,835

Payments made between 2006 to 2008 total:

£224,795

Education Maintenance Allowance Initiative

2005

Payment of:

£17,723