Justice written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (i) have let and (ii) plan to let that are worth (A) between £1 million and £3 million and (B) over £3 million since 2010; how much his Department has spent on monitoring each such contract; and how many officials in his Department monitor each contract.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information is as follows.

(a) Since the start of January 2010 the Ministry of Justice has let 114 contracts with a estimated value between £1 million and £3 million, and 189 with a estimated value over £3 million. Please note this figure can vary between points in time as forecast contract value at award can be more or less than actual contract value as the contract progresses—this means contracts could fall into, or drop out of, the parameters specified above.

The Ministry of Justice cannot accurately provide a figure for the number of contracts it plans to let. The department will evaluate each requirement on a case by case basis before making the decision to engage with the market or continuing to deliver the service in-house.

The private sector has an important role to play in helping deliver much needed reforms. We remain committed to promoting a diverse market including public, private and voluntary sector, as well as ensuring rigorous contract management and high standards of behaviour.

We have undertaken a major review of contract management to ensure that we have in place robust and accountable systems.

(b)We are unable to answer the second part of the question as doing so would incur disproportionate costs. To provide this information would entail contacting all individuals responsible for the operational and commercial management of contracts, performance managers, audit and others. We would then be required to do a cost analysis of the time that individual allocated to the management of the respective contract.

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