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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.
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:
|Post and courier||5,755,393|
|Interpreters, transcriptions and translations||5,366,615|
|Reprographics and printing||4,476,972|
|Travel, hotels and conference hire||3,256,913|
|Publications and subscriptions||2,746,963|
|Case presentational equipment||1,736,614|
|Publicity and media||262,746|
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:
|Library information services||1.545|
|IT maintenance and consumables||1.068|
|Professional programme and technical services||794|
|Travel and subsistence||388|
|Utilities and cleaning||268|
|Office machines and consumables||212|
|Shared Service feasibility||142|
|IT network services||124|
|External HR services||119|
|Welfare supplies and consumables||114|
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:
|Post and courier||129,212|
|Interpreters, translations and transcriptions||292,851|
|Reprographics and printing||69,296|
|Travel, hotels and conference hire||484,542|
|Publications and subscriptions||92,123|
|Publicity and media||28,275|