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Identity and Passport Service: Consultants

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the (a) Identity and Passport Service and (b) National Identity Scheme spent on external consultants in 2008. (267452)

Since the merger of the Home Office Identity Cards programme and the UK Passport Service to create the Identity and Passport Service on 1 April 2006, projects to deliver passports including facial images and fingerprints, identity cards and other improvements have been necessarily combined. As much of the technology and operational processes needed to implement identity cards is also required for the implementation of these new passports, this is the most cost-effective way to deliver these initiatives.

Much of the work conducted by the Identity and Passport Service cannot be categorised, both financially and operationally, as contributing towards either the introduction of passports facial images and fingerprints or identity cards alone. The work is accounted for as future development projects and the cost of external consultancy only attributed to these projects for the 2008 calendar year was £31,923,000.

The spend for IPS as a whole for external consultants in the 2008 calendar year was £34,958,000.