§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total cost to the Lord Chancellor's Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The Department entered into a nine-year PFI contract with CSL Group Ltd. in January 1998. This contract covers a wide range of services including providing accounting systems, making payments, receipting and accounts production. The cost of accountancy services provided to the Department by CSL under the contract, and from other external firms of accountants or their management consultancy arms where the assignment was connected with financial matters, in each of the last four years was as follows:
£ million 1998–99 3.8 1999–2000 4.5 2000–01 6.0 2001–02 5.21 1 To January 2002.
Figures include significant development work on resource accounting and budgeting.