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Departmental Contracts

Attorney-General written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Attorney-General what the annual value is of the Law Officers Department’s current contracts in each sector in which contracts are held.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has contracts and framework agreements in place across all major sectors of expenditure in respect of goods and services. It is estimated that over 90% of the Department's expenditure on goods and services is committed via these agreements. The remaining expenditure is made through ad hoc contracts and purchases made via high street and online retailers.

The total expenditure in each sector during 2010-11 was:

ICT 62,006,621
Facilities management 15,586,486
Post and courier 5,755,393
Interpreters, transcriptions and translations 5,366,615
Reprographics and printing 4,476,972
Professional services 3,693,460
Travel, hotels and conference hire 3,256,913
Stationery 3,009,632
Publications and subscriptions 2,746,963
Training 2,008,392
Utilities 1,748,629
Case presentational equipment 1,736,614
Agency staff 1,714,121
File storage 1,173,088
Non-capital equipment 532,329
Publicity and media 262,746
Confiscation expenses 233,887
Recruitment services 150,347

The value of the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol) expenditure by major category is disclosed each year in HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor Resource Accounts. These figures also include expenditure by the Attorney-General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. The Department's best estimate is that 85-90% of its expenditure is under contract.

The departmental administration expenditure figures for 2010-11 are shown at page 60 in the 2010-11 Resource Accounts HC 967 a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The main items, excluding property leases, are:

Sector Expenditure (£000)
Accommodation 2,027
Library information services 1.545
Rates 1,407
IT maintenance and consumables 1.068
Professional programme and technical services 794
Training 547
Communications 461
Travel and subsistence 388
Accommodation maintenance 388
Records management 294
Utilities and cleaning 268
Publications 258
Postal services 254
Recruitment 228
Stationery 223
Office machines and consumables 212
Subscription fees 110
Shared Service feasibility 142
IT network services 124
External HR services 119
Welfare supplies and consumables 114
Translation costs 114
Internal Audit 88

Additionally TSol makes payments of disbursements, including counsel fees, under contract. The Statement of Comprehensive Net Expenditure (page 48 of 2010-11 Resource Accounts) shows 2010-11 disbursement costs as £32.2 million. Disbursement costs incurred on behalf of clients are recovered from clients.

The Serious Fraud Office has framework agreements and contracts in place for all major sectors of expenditure in respect of goods and services. Over 90% of expenditure is committed via these contracts. The remaining expenditure is made via ad hoc contracts and one-off ‘spot’ purchases via high street and online retailers at all times seeking to deliver the best value of money. The total expenditure by the Serious Fraud Office in each sector during 2010-11 is outlined in the following table:

Sector Expenditure (£)
ICT 4,838,047
Facilities management 4,997,496
Post and courier 129,212
Interpreters, translations and transcriptions 292,851
Reprographics and printing 69,296
Professional services 252,632
Travel, hotels and conference hire 484,542
Stationery 100,238
Publications and subscriptions 92,123
Training 221,268
Utilities 227,932
Agency staff 3,706,797
File storage 165,922
Publicity and media 28,275
Recruitment 14,778

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