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House of Lords written question – answered at on 2 March 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Spokesperson for International Development, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department for Transport and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions.

Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Secretary of State, Department for Transport, The Secretary of State for Transport

The Department for Transport and its executive agencies have spent the following amounts with the firms listed over the past five years:

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Pricewaterhouse Coopers £1,655,104 £1,810,356 £3,551,639 £3,020,304 £6,371,369
KPMG £2,833,463 £115,374 £325,024 £1,742,309 £2,137,547
Deloitte £2,993,838 £3,099,554 £8,295,914 £7,215,610 £3,958,835
Ernst and Young £974,842* £802,081 £49,071 £2,569,377 £1,096,088
Grant Thornton £4,830 £0 £0 £21,360 £26,703
PKF £623,658 £586,250 £614,823 £973,538 £82,630

* Figures exclude Highways Agency spend of £11,844 in 2004-05 with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young Plc.

There are no records of spend with BDO Stoy Hayward, Baker Tilly, Smith and Williamson, Tenon Group, McKinsey and Accenture.

There are no records held for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 2004-05 and 2005-06.

For DVLA, figures exclude expenditure for the implementation of the shared services centre.

Contracts are managed by designated contract managers in accordance to the department's procedures which includes monitoring and measuring supplier performance in line with the specification, service levels/key performance indicators and the terms and conditions of the contract. The procedures for monitoring a contract would depend on the nature of that contract. However, all contracts would make some provision for regular review meetings with a supplier to raise, discuss or escalate any performance issues.

The department does not report contract spend or performance to Buying Solutions, unless there is a specific problem with a supplier's performance.

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