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Departmental Contracts

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what services his Department has outsourced in each year since its creation; and if he will make a statement. (275634)

The Department was created in June 2007. Its corporate services were then provided by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). Changes and consolidations have been made to those arrangements, so that the list of corporate services now provided by DCSF is as follows:

Human resources

Procurement

Certain finance services

Public communications

Project and Programme Management support

Legal services

Internal audit

Certain services in information and communications technology and information management

Certain estates and facilities management services

Support for Parliamentary work and honours

Central support and data for research and analysis

The list of corporate services now provided by BERR is as follows:

Certain finance services

Certain services in information and communications technology and information management

Certain estates and facilities management services

In addition:

Certain services related to security are provided by the Cabinet Office;

The Department’s information and communications technology is provided under a contract with Fujitsu Services Ltd.; and

Facilities management for the building in Swindon that is part-occupied by DIUS staff is provided by the research councils.

Many of the Department’s functions are devolved to the organisations that it funds. These are the principal areas in which functions have been transferred away from DIUS since its creation:

The National Measurement System was transferred in April 2009 from DIUS to become part of the National Measurement Office (formerly the National Weights and Measures Laboratory); and

Responsibility for a support programme for collaborative research and development and knowledge transfer activities was transferred in July 2007 from DIUS to the Technology Strategy Board.