HC Deb 09 June 1993 vol 226 c274W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the cost to date and the expected future cost of his Department's market-testing programme; how many staff are engaged full time in work relating to market testing; which firms of consultants have been used in connection with the market-testing programme; and how they were selected.

Mr. Gummer

[holding answer 7 June 1993]: The total cost of the programme to date has amounted to approximately £1,329,000. It is not possible to estimate the future cost of my Department's programme.

There are 11 staff in my Department directly assigned to the market-testing programme.

My Department has used the following consultancy services to assist in the development of the market testing process since November 1991.

  • Dr. Alan Kemp
  • Shreeveport
  • Simon Thorpe Consultancy
  • Hoskyns Group plc
  • Prime Strategy Consultants
  • Symonds
  • Capita Management Consultancy
  • Coopers and Lybrand
  • Smith and Williamson
  • Mr. P. Dworkin
  • Touche Ross
  • Peter Burholt Consultancy Ltd.
  • Lane Whittlesey Business Consultants
  • Mouncy and Partners

The consultants were selected using the normal departmental competitive tendering procedures, with the exception of Dr. Kemp, who was at the time already employed as a special adviser to the then Secretary of State.