To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Learning and Skills Council paid to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers (1) to advise it in allocating additional funding for college capital projects as announced in the 2009 Budget, and (2) to review alternative funding sources for college capital projects; (b) Lambert Smith Hampton to undertake an audit of the development status of college capital projects in April 2009; and (c) Grant Thornton to review internal data systems in April 2009. [HL5580]
The total fees, excluding VAT, invoiced to date is £363,672 by PricewaterhouseCoopers, £317,788 by Lambert Smith Hampton and £81,208 by Grant Thornton. This represents less than one per cent of the total capital budget 2009-10. The work was carried out in line with the Foster recommendations which the Government have accepted in full.