Education written question – answered on 3rd February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level of overspend or underspend was in each such contract; and what steps his Department has taken to monitor the performance of each supplier of such contract following the contract award.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education's 10 largest contracts (excluding executive agencies) let since the financial year 2010-11, savings and level of overspend and underspend are as detailed in the following table.

The Department's policy is to assign a contract manager to oversee and monitor performance of the contract, which includes putting in place regular quality assurance meetings and assessment of progress against key performance measures/milestones.

Contract Supplier Value (£) Savings Over/underspend
Teachers' Pension Scheme Capita 89,000,000 Contract awarded following competitive tender which ensured value for money. Fixed price contract—no scope for over or under spend.
Schools Performance and Data Programme Resource Management 25,500,000 Savings expected after implementation (spring 2015). Overall expected annual savings £5 million-£6 million by implementing this contract and associated arrangements/efficiencies delivered by the programme compared with the cost of continuing with existing contracts. None
Independent Shared Service Centre 2 Steria 20,000,000 Projected savings: £2.3 million and £3.1 million. None (contract signed November 2013).
Achievement for All Achievement for All 14,000,000 None None
Creative Media Service (CMS) Creative Choice 8,000,000 Savings for core Department: £305,203 to date and average 25%+ when benchmarked against 2009-10 prices. This framework is pan-Government and has saved all clients a total of £3.5 million to date. Nil—each job/call-off is mini-competed with quotes on the CMS procurement portal.
Triple Science Support Programme 7,000,000 Previous contract was for four years, four months, value £13.2 million. Current contract for two years, six months, value £7.0 million. £22,107 to date
The Mathematics Continuing Professional Development and Support programme Tribal Education Ltd 6,826,729 None None
Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Kings College London 6,714,573 Market cost comparison exercise undertaken to ensure contract represents value for money. None
The provision of infrastructure as a service(IAAS) Eduserv 6,181,928 None. Payment is based on services consumed and deliverables completed. None
Early Support and Keyworking National Children's Bureau/Council for Disabled Children/Early Support 5,890,000 Contract awarded following competitive tender which ensured value for money. None

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