§ Mr. Boris Johnson
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts the Department has with Capita; and how much they are worth. 1629W
§ Dr. Howells
My Department has no standing contract with Capita. However, we have used their services recently on three separate occasions. Brief details and the costs involved are as shown:
(i) providing training, candidate assessment exercises and independent chairs for the interview panel in connection with the Department's open recruitment scheme for middle and senior managers (November 2001)—£17k
(ii) providing and marking standard Civil Service written tests for short-listed candidates in connection with the Department's open recruitment scheme or administrative staff (February 2002)—£1k
(iii) providing 7 successful candidates off the national Civil Service Junior Manager recruitment scheme run by Capita (November 2001-February 2002)—£8k.