§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts have been let by his Department in each financial year since 2001–02 to(a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young for advising his Department on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts; and what fees were paid in each case. 
§ Fiona Mactaggart
From the best information available, the number of contracts let with these suppliers, and the fees paid, are as follows:
Fees £000 Supplier/Project 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 PricewaterhouseCoopers 2 Marsham Street1 757 183 9 Criminal Records Bureau2 0 0 163 Passports3 0 0 63 Deloitte and Touche Secure Training Centres 0 252 153 HM Prisons Bronzefield and Peterborough4 0 0 18 KPMG Criminal Records Bureau 0 25 0 Ernst and Young n/a — — — 2Marsham Street—financial advice prior to contract close and arrangements to launch a variation bond 2Criminal Records Bureau—PricewaterhouseCoopers provided internal audit services, and KPMG provided financial advice and support 3Passports—Scoping Study for Development of Sampling Strategy (Fraudulent Passports). Note: This is the contract value. 4HM Prisons—advice on accounting treatment of Bronzefield and Peterborough
The use of external consultants helps the Department to successfully deliver projects across the office, particularly where the in-house resources are insufficient in number, or do not possess the specialised skills and expertise required.
The Department also benefits from strategic business advice and the transfer of skills and knowledge to staff.