§ Fiona Mactaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the agreed baseline costs for(a) asylum and (b) immigration cases agreed between the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Siemens Business Services in November 1997; what are the current baseline costs for each type of case; and what changes in the contract have been made since November 1997. 254W
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
In order to calculate the productivity charges payable to Siemens Business Services under the terms of the Casework Contract, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) calculated the cost of a range of types of case over the baseline period October 1995 to September 1996. For this baseline period, costs, which exclude some overheads, were calculated for individual types of immigration casework, including an asylum case and a general or settlement immigration case, and for a standard unit of IND casework. IND no longer calculates the unit cost for individual types of cases. The available unit costs of IND casework for the baseline period, November 1997, November 1998 and April 1999 are shown in the table:
£ Cost of asylum case Cost of a general or settlement immigration case Unit cost of range of IND casework Baseline (October 1995–September 1996) 358.58 54.04 42.89 November 1997 n/a n/a 45.69 November 1998 n/a n/a 41.72 April 1999 n/a n/a 43.66
Formal changes have been made to Schedule 11 (Programme Plan) to alter the project timetable, to Schedule 15 (Service Change Procedure) to include additional training, and to Schedule 26 (Programme and Contract Management) to reflect changes to the personnel of the contractor and the authority.