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Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list all Government (a) contracts and (b) consent awarded by the department to (i) Enron Corporation, (ii) Enron Europe and (iii) Arthur Andersen between May 1997 and December 2001. [31935]

Mr. Wilson: Contracts awarded during this period with Arthur Andersen were as follows:


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These contracts were awarded following best departmental practice which involved obtaining competitive tenders and, where applicable, following EU procurement rules.

My department has no contracts with Enron Corporation or Enron Europe. Consents have been awarded under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the following facilities in which Enron Europe was involved:


All these cases were scrutinised and determined in the usual way under the section 36 statutory process, taking account of the views of the local planning authority, statutory bodies, local people and any other person making representations to the Secretary of State.

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions since 1997 when (a) Ministers in her Department and (b) special advisers in her Department have discussed UK energy policy with members of the American Embassy in London; and if she will make a statement. [32507]

Ms Hewitt: Such discussions are covered by Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and are thus confidential.

Accountants

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts and what fees in each financial year since 1997–98 (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, (c) KPMG, (d) PA Consulting, (e) WS Atkins, (f) Accenture, (g) Deloitte & Touche, (h) McKinsey, (i) Capita, (j) AEA Technology, (k) Xansa Group, (l) Sema Group, (m) CMG Admiral, (n) ICL Group and (o) Logica received for advising her Department on PFI and PPP contracts; and if she will make a statement. [32505]

Ms Hewitt: My Department and its agencies have had, since 1997–98, two contracts with KPMG, one contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one contract with Xansa, one contract with Deloitte & Touche and two contracts with Capita for advising on PFI and PPP contracts. There were no contracts with the other companies listed. The fees in each financial year since 1997–98 were as follows:

£

1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Capita217,921279,48624,69335,785Nil
KPMG4,650100,00025,000NilNil
PwC145,945157,40618,800110,83738,888
Xansa402,750511,079161,462NilNil
Deloitte & ToucheNilNilNil828,239921,761

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Meetings

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what meetings have taken place between Ministers in her Department and employees of Citigate since 7 June 2001; and if she will make a statement; [32812]

Ms Hewitt: Ministers, special advisers and officials in my Department regularly meet a wide range of representatives from business. However as the Prime Minister's reply of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 102W, makes clear, it is not normal practice to release details of meetings or discussions with private individuals or companies.

Energy Industry

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what occasions she and her Department have held meetings since May 1997 with representatives from (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Exxon-Mobil, (d) Enron, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf; if she will state the purpose of each meeting; and if she will provide details of the outcomes and agreements reached as a result of each meeting. [33216]

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings (a) she and (b) her senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last two years. [32435]

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Ms Hewitt: Ministers, special advisers and officials in my Department regularly meet a wide range of representatives from business. It is not normal practice to release details of meetings or discussions with private individuals or companies.

As the Prime Minister's reply of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 698W, makes clear, however, details of meetings between DTI Ministers and representatives of Enron have been disclosed, without setting a precedent, because unsubstantiated and unjustified allegations were made against the Government and the DTI is the lead Department on energy policy.

These details (taken from official records of Ministers' engagements) are as follows:


In addition DTI Ministers may have attended receptions or other events at which Enron executives were also present.

Information Technology

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the total expenditure of his Department on IT systems and support in each year from May 1997 to date; how many IT contracts have been let in each of those years; of the other main contracting party in each of those contracts, how many have been (a) companies whose registered office is in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Northern Ireland and (b) foreign companies; and what are the names of the companies falling within category (a). [33691]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested by the hon. Gentleman that is readily available from central records is as follows.

Number registered in: Number
Financial yearTotal value (excluding VAT)Number of contracts letEngland and WalesScotlandNorthern Irelandof foreign companies
1998–9910,895,760276276
1999–200021,768,87253521
2000–0137,449,9129595
2001–0220,231,79178771

Contracting parties in the 1998–99 financial year:
Action, Ameritech, Ascot Systems, ASE Consulting, Belmar-Zenith, Cap Gemini, CMG Admiral, Complete Media, Computacenter, Data Display, Dataware, Dell, Dr. Solomons, EDS, International Computers Ltd., i2, Interskill DBI, KPMG, MFT Computer Systems, Net Tel, OLSY, Reflex Magnetics, SAS, Secure, Sequent, Sight and Sound, Silicon Graphics, Spectrum, Stellar, Ultima, Wang, XANSA, Zeh Graphics.
Contracting parties in the 1999–2000 financial year:
Cap Gemini, Computacenter, Getronics, HR Planning Software, International Computers Ltd., Insight Consulting; Macwarehouse, Oracle, Parity Resources, Parity Systems, QCC, SMC, Yale Consulting.

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Contracting parties in the 2000–01 financial year:
AbilityNet, Action, ASE Consulting, Cap Gemini, Cathedral Consortium, Compuserve, Computacenter, Drake, E.cognition, Elan, Glensound, IBM, International Computers Ltd., I-CD Publishing, Infologistix, KPMG, Osmond, PVS, RNIB, SCC, Schlumberger Sema, Site Reports, The Accountant, Visionary Systems, Xansa, Yale Consulting.
Contracting parties in the 2001–02 financial year:
AbilityNet, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Cathedral Consortium, CMG Admiral, Computacenter, I-CD Publishing, Insight Consulting, International Computers Ltd., Line Management, KPMG, Method Applications, Oracle, Parity Reources, Posturite, Pulse Data, RNIB, Rock, SCC, Telesensory, The Speech Centre, Yale Consulting, Vogon International.
Notes:
1. Readily available electronic records are not available for years before 1998–99 and the information for 1997–98 could be extracted from manual records only at disproportionate cost.
2. Only contracts valued at over £1,000 are included.
3. Information has only been provided for IT contracts let by the DTI's central IT procurement unit. Information about locally let contracts is not available from central records and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
4. Information supplied is for the core Department and excludes IT contracts let by the DTI's agencies.
5. IT systems and support has been widely interpreted to include the purchase of IT equipment and related services.


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