Prepared: 16:15 on 6th October 2014

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House of Lords

Summer Recess 2014

Written Answers and Statements

McKinsey and Company 

Question

Asked by Lord Moonie  

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees have been paid to McKinsey and Company during the Smart Procurement review; and what were the deliverables to the Ministry of Defence.[HL1333]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever) (Con): Detailed information is no longer held on contracts awarded, and the related payments, under the Smart Procurement Initiative and Smart Acquisition. There is no statutory obligation to retain financial and contractual records for more than six historical years.

Between January 2000 and July 2005, however, 15 contracts worth £53 million were awarded to McKinsey for procurement-related advice and assistance. These covered: the development of the Defence Logistics Organisation Change Programme Benefits Tracking Process; support to Equipment Capability; consultancy support for the implementation of the Smart Procurement Initiative; support to the Ministry of Defence Change Programme; support to the Defence Logistics Organisation Procurement Review Group; support to the End-to-End Review of Air and Land Environments; the re-invigoration of Smart Acquisition within the Defence Procurement Agency; support to the Implementation and Rollout of the Defence Logistics Organisation Benefits Tracking Tool; bridging consultancy support to End-to-End detailed planning; support to the Procurement Reform Project; support to the implementation of End-to-End detailed planning; support to the Eurofighter project; consultancy support for the Strategic Partner to the Defence Logistics Organisation Transformation Programme; consultancy support in applying the principles and techniques of the Lean Process Design to the End-to-End Support Chain; and consultancy support to the Business Management System Review.

Offences against Children: Rotherham 

Question

Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch  

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of perpetrators in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal who were Muslim.[HL1830]

Lord Newby (LD): Professor Alexis Jay’s report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 is an account of the failures by Rotherham Council-and by the police and other organisations-to protect vulnerable children. It is highlighted that in Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage though it does not comment on the religious beliefs of any of the perpetrators.

Child sexual exploitation is not exclusive to any single culture, community, race or religion. It happens in all areas of the country and can take many forms. We are clear that political or cultural sensitivities must never get in the way of preventing and uncovering child abuse. We are committed to dealing with this criminal activity and there has never any excuse for failing to bring its perpetrators to justice.


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