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Accountancy

International Development written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year since 2008.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The following table gives details of spend on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year since 2008.

£
Supplier 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Deloitte 2,523,884 4,640,574 6,447,028 907,321 1,891,790
PricewaterhouseCoopers 2,333,773 5,812,908 15,812,927 23,486,324 42,307,000
KPMG 15,252,962 15,536,952 40,657,136 37,024,013 28,098,467
Ernst & Young 0 0 161,082 1,566,061 4,297,254

This table shows the amount paid to the supplier. DFID systems cannot currently automatically break this down into how much is retained in fees and how much is spent on the project they are managing. An example of such a breakdown is KPMG's programme to help the Government of Ethiopia to improve their management of the risks of climate change, which has a total value of £8.3 million, of which £0.4 million consists of fees and expenses incurred managing the programme.

Changes are now under way to DFID's accounting system to enable it to make automatic distinctions between contract fees and overall project costs. This latter money is used by communities to fund the provision of services, for example by paying salaries for teachers and health workers, and to buy goods such as textbooks and medical supplies. It also funds research and provides training and advice to support the development of local capacity.

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