§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he selected Arthur Andersen to take the lead role in his value for money report on PFI; and how many PFI contracts have been given to(a) Arthur Andersen and (b) Accenture since that report was completed. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
Through a competition under established procurement procedures, a report on Value for Money Drivers in the Private Finance Initiative was commissioned in 1999 by the Treasury Taskforce. Three firms bid for the work including Arthur Andersen, which was selected because it offered best value for money.1437W
The report was delivered to the Taskforce and made available publicly in January 2000. Information on contracts for advisory services to departments on PFI projects is not recorded centrally.