Deloitte

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 138W, on Deloitte,

(1) whether the correspondence from Peter Coates to Mike Turley of 19 January 2010 was filed;

(2) whether the correspondence from Peter Coates to Mike Turley of 19 January 2010 was used in internal investigations into his Department's relationship with Deloitte;

(3) if he will investigate why the correspondence from Peter Coates to Mike Turley of 19 January 2010 was not retained;

(4) if he will request from Deloitte a copy of the correspondence from Peter Coates to Mike Turley of 19 January 2010;

(5) whether his Department's policy is to retain all correspondence with officials in his Department.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are informed that no record of the correspondence between the Commercial Director (Peter Coates) and Mike Turley of Deloitte dated 19 January 2010 can be found in the Department's filing systems. The letter from Mike Turley of 5 February refers to the item as being a "note" which implies that it was not "correspondence" in the normal sense of the word.

The correspondence from Mike Turley pre-dates the investigation referred to in the Health Select Committee hearing of 17 December 2013, and was seen by the official conducting the review referred to by Richard Douglas at the Committee hearing. The Department's policy on the retention of non-record papers is three years from the date they were last modified. Even if they were filed at the time, there would be no requirement for them to have been retained now.

The Department will not be conducting further investigations into this matter, and does not propose to seek to recover a copy of the note from Deloitte.

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