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Departmental Consultants

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many consultants are employed by each bargaining unit of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies; what work is being undertaken by each; and what the (i) length and (ii) value of each contract is. (258507)

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service and Companies House agencies and they will respond to my hon. Friend directly.

The information requested of the Department and its NDPBs is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 26 March 2009:

I am responding on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 20 February 2009, UIN 258507, to the Minister of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Companies House currently has no relevant consultancy contracts in place.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 26 March 2009:

I refer to your question to ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many consultants are employed by each bargaining unit of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies; what work is being undertaken by each; and what the (i) length and (ii) value of each contract is.

The Minister of State has asked me to reply on behalf of The Insolvency Service.

PricewaterhouseCoopers have been employed for a period of 3 months (January 2009 - March 2009) to undertake an Equal Pay Review and Pay Review of The Insolvency Service's pay and reward system. The cost is £58,000.