The information is as follows:
(a) The information is not held in a format easily available to answer the question. The external consultancy cost relating to projects for both passport and identity card projects were approximately £16 million in 2007-08 and approximately £40 million in 2008-09 as published in the agency’s annual report and accounts. Costs for external consultancy in 2009-10 will be published in the IPS annual report and accounts for 2009-10.
(b) It took eight months to create the Strategic Supplier Group Framework from which the Transforming Customer Experience, National Identity Assurance Service (NIAS) and the Critical Workers Identity Card (CWIC) contracts were awarded. For the Passport Book Design Production contract the pre-procurement process was eight months.
No Prior Indicative Notices were published in relation to the award of the Strategic Supplier Framework Contract or the National Identity Service contracts let from the Framework.
The values of the contract awarded are-Transforming Customer Experience (TCE) £385 million, National Identity Assurance Service (NIAS) £265 million, Critical Workers Identity Cards (CWIC) £18 million and Passport Design Production (PDP) £400 million.
Dialogue sessions were held with bidders to help inform the finalisation of the requirements and to help the bidders understand the agency’s needs. Formal presentations were made to senior officials.
The number of submissions that bidders were required to make were as follows:
Number TCE 3 NIAS 2 CWIC 1 PDP 2