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British Olympic Association

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the evidence from the Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 1 November, which voting members of the British Olympic Association were contacted by UK Sport; who the UK Sport representative was; and what the outcome was. [29505]

Mr. Caborn: I can confirm that neither the Chair nor any other representative of UK Sport initiated any contact with any voting member of the BOA regarding the election of the new Chair.


Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Department takes to ensure that consultancies do not claim excessive expenses while working for the Department and its agencies. [29098]

Mr. Lammy: When undertaking a procurement exercise to engage a consultant or a consultancy firm, DCMS includes within its Invitation to Tender documentation tendering instructions and a Travel and Subsistence Appendix. The instructions specifically ask the tenderers to provide a fixed price and to include all other expenses, the appendix sets out the Department's travel and subsistence rates which we insist consultants abide by. Travel within the London area is expected to be covered within the fixed price of the contract's value.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list departmental projects conducted by consultants in each year since
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2000; what the cost was in each case; and what the total cost of employing consultants was in each year. [29099]

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Mr. Lammy: The projects undertaken by consultants in each of the years are as follows:
LorienNDPB Review Programme (Framework)
PKFNDPB Review Programme (Framework) 223,602
CapitaNDPB Review Programme (Framework)
PKFBBC's Financial Reporting27,300
ORC InternationalStaff Survey Report13,130
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate22,600
McKinseysCulture Online Formation1,340,000
AHL Ltd.Internal Audit Resources70,000
Organisational ConsultingHorse Race Levy Scheme40,000
PricewaterhouseCoopersCommonwealth Games Review58,500
AJW AssociatesCoaching Task Force10,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate37,100
Kingshurst Consulting GroupCapital of Culture Analysis30,480
Richard LambertBBC News 24 requirement 44,700
MORIBBC News 24 requirement
Robert PalmerCapital of Culture Adviser30,000
PricewaterhouseCoopersE-Commerce Impact Study43,750
Stanton MarrisTouchstone Project85,000
Hay GroupSkill Audit136,195
Atkins Management ConsultantsFinancial Adviser—Apethorpe Hall17,290
ExperianCultural Facilities Register42,400
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate28,600
Kingshurst Consulting GroupCapital of Culture shortlist16,875
Health Food and Safety SolutionsFitness for Purposes16,000
PricewaterhouseCoopersLondon 2012 Costs and Benefits38,000
Gillian AshmoreReview of Heritage Protection50,000
Odgers, Ray and BerndtsonPublic Appointments Advice50,000
Europe EconomicsBBC Online Review
Spectrum Strategy ConsultantsBBC Online Adviser 332,000
Philip GrafBBC Online Review Co-ordinator
ASK Europe plc360 Degree Feedback130,070
Denis AllnutTourist Data Project15,750
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate23,450
PA ConsultingLocal Communities Project151,410
PKFHistoric Environment Review40,090
The Gartner GroupBenchmarking of IT Services29,100
Patrick BarwiseBBC New Digital Services—TV 161,300
Tim GardamBBC New Digital Services—Radio
Shared IntelligencePeer Reviews61,300
PricewaterhouseCoopersEfficiency Review89,410
PricewaterhouseCoopersOlympic Cost Review114,080
PricewaterhouseCoopersOlympic Games Impact Study72,000
AHL Ltd.Audit Services23,100
UbiqusBBC Charter Review42,000
Angela Watson and AssociatesCultural Services Framework40,000
EftecOlympic Games Impact Study128,530
Morris Hargreaves McIntyreMuseums Education Strategy12,000
Deloitte and ToucheSports Strategy24,000
Odgers, Ray and BerndtsonHeadhunting18,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate26,000
Opsis Renewal ConsultingFramework for NDPB Reviews66,900
Hedra plcNDPB Governance47,660
PricewaterhouseCoopersLicensing Act29,500
PricewaterhouseCoopersSponsorship of British Library24,000
KPMGOlympic Games Validation255,000
UbiqusBBC requirement38,500
VeredusPublic Appointments Advice14,000
Small miscellaneous projects aggregate42,500

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Outside legal firms employed by DCMS have not been included in the list.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in her Department; what sanctions are available to penalise consultants who run unsuccessful projects; how many projects conducted by consultants were assessed as unsuccessful in each year since 2000; and what sanctions were imposed. [29116]

Mr. Lammy: My Department now operates a system in which all contracts over £10,000 in value are subject to an evaluation and report by the contract managers on the performance of the work.

All DMCS consultancy projects are carried out under either the Department's own terms and conditions or those of the Office of Government Commerce's (Buying Solutions) Services Catalogue (S-Cat).

This allows two courses of action to be taken should a project become unsuccessful:

There have been no circumstances since 2000 when DCMS has been required to invoke any damage or break clauses under either procurement route.


Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Ofcom to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole dated 26 May, passed to Ofcom by her Department. [27721]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 11 November 2005]: The hon. Member's letter was replied to on 14 June 2005 by the Office of Communications (Ofcom).

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter dated 1 September from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, ref CMS 22294/DC. [28888]

James Purnell: I wrote to my right hon. Friend for Birmingham, Ladywood on 11 November 2005.

Digital Switchover

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is her latest estimate of the date by which households across Pendle constituency will be able to receive digital terrestrial broadcasts. [28282]

James Purnell: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has confirmed the regional timetable for digital switchover; it will take place between 2008 and 2012 by ITV region in the following order:
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2009West Country, HTV Wales, Granada
2010HTV West, Grampian, Scottish Television
2011Yorkshire, Anglia, Central
2012Meridian, Carlton/LWT (London), Tyne Tees, Ulster

Further details can be found at

Digital Switchover will enable coverage for Digital Terrestrial Television to reach the same level as that of the current analogue signals. It will take place in Pendle (Granada region) in 2009.

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