§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby on 15 January,Official Report, column 17, he will provide a list of the accountancy firms used by his Department.
§ Mr. Cope
The information requested was given in my reply to the hon. Member on 20 April (Vol. 170, column1044). That answer included one firm, John Compton Associates, which was not employed on accountancy work. The figures given in my reply on 15 January to the hon. Member also included some firms not employed on accountancy work and contained an element of double counting. I am grateful for the opportunity to clarify the position.