National Police Improvement Agency: Consultants

Home Department written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on consultants by the National Policing Improvement Agency in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) project and (b) contractor.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The total National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) consultancy spend for the 2007-08 financial year was £71.4 million. This spend is made up of £66.5 million which was recorded in the Income and Expenditure accounts, along with £4.9 million of capitalised spend, which was included in the fixed asset additions for the year.

The main consultancy services purchased by the NPIA are:

specialised technical resources needed in the design and build of technology projects, for use by the police service, project and programme management skills, specific expert advice and guidance, where the NPIA does not retain the required skills or knowledge.

We do not hold this information in the format requested, but are able to provide the following without incurring disproportionate cost.

Table 1 shows consultancy spend on key projects within the NPIA during 2007-08.

Table 2 shows the cost of the 20 largest suppliers of consultancy resource to the NPIA during this period.

Table 1: NPIA consultancy spend on NPIA key projects during 2007-08
£ million
Custody and Case 19.4
Livescan 9.2
Airwave 4.5
Schengen Information System II 3.4
PentiP 1.7
Table 2: Top 20 suppliers of consultancy resource to NPIA during 2007-08
£ million
Metropolitan police authority(1) 10.4
Northrop Grumman Commercial Sys 8.7
Capgemini UK Plc 7.0
SunGard Public Sector Ltd. 5.5
PA Consulting Group 2.4
Rullion Computer Personnel Ltd. 2.0
Cable and Wireless Communications 1.6
Accenture 1.3
Imperial College London 1.2
LA International Consultants 1.2
Generic Software Consultants Ltd. 1.2
Northgate SIS Ltd. (Anite) 1.1
Northgate Information Solutions UK 0.8
Hudson Global Resources 0.8
Parity Solutions Ltd. 0.7
Amtec Consulting plc 0.6
Spring Technology Staffing Services 0.6
Arqiva 0.5
Parity Resources 0.5
QinetiQ 0.5
(1) The Metropolitan Police Authority is shown as a supplier as it is recharging some of its own costs incurred for work on NPIA projects

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