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Capita

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any contracts between Capita Group plc and his Department and its predecessors have been cancelled before completion since 1997; and whether Capita Group plc has been liable for any penalties arising from failings in the administration of contracts with his Department and its predecessors since 1997. (303081)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions Capita Group plc tendered for contracts let by his Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years; how many such tenders were successful; how much his Department and its predecessors paid to Capita Group plc for the execution of contracts in each such year; how many contracts which terminate after 2010 Capita Group plc hold with his Department; and what the monetary value is of all outstanding contracts between his Department and Capita Group plc. (303151)

A complete answer to this question could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. I can tell you, however, that the Department spent the following amounts with Capita over the past five years:

£

April 2005 to March 2006

205,305,614

April 2006 to March 2007

119,837,133

April 2007 to March 2008

115,531,705

April 2008 to March 2009

135,694,436

April 2009 to October 2009

71,155,087

Total payments made to Capita during the period was £647,523,975.

The Department currently holds 15 direct contracts with Capita Group with a total value worth £82million and 48 contracts through a framework agreement with the Department for Works and Pensions. It would not be possible to identify how much has been paid against these contracts without disproportionate costs.