Further details have emerged of collapsed construction giant Carillion's contracts with the Ministry of Justice, including a 'minor' contract worth £15,000 a month to provide a citizen helpline service to the Legal Aid Agency.
The lord chancellor, David Gauke, outlined Carillion's facilties management contracts in a letter to Conservative MP Bob Neill, chair of the Commons justice select committee.
Carillion provided serviced accommodation to Ipswich and Cambridge Crown courts as part of a 25-year contract worth £5.8m a year. The ministry says the contract is with Modern Courts (East Anglia Ltd) and Carillion is the service provider.
Carillion also provided serviced accommodation for Hull, Beverley and Bridlington magistrates' courts as part of 25-year contract worth £5.1m a year. The ministry says the contract is with Modern Courts Humberside Ltd and Carillion is the service provider.
Both court contracts included monthly performance reviews including monitoring performance against key performance indicators.
Carillion also provided a citizen helpline service to the Legal Aid Agency alongside other providers. Gauke said the 'minor' contract is worth £15,000 a month.
Gauke said the ministry's risk assessment for the LAA contract was 'deemed minimal given that this work can be easily reallocated to other providers'.
He added that, where indirect contracts exist, such as the provision of court services under the private finance initiative contracts, 'we have worked with HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the PFI's managing agents and the Official Receiver, which has resulted in the successful continuation of service without disruption.'
Last week the ministry announced it had created a government-owned company, Gov Facility Services Limited, to take over prison services such as cleaning and building repair work that were previously handled by Carillion.