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PUBLISHED: 11:34 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

Sarah Bissett Scott

Sarah Bissett Scott

A COMPANY caught up in the Prescott affair scandal has no outstanding contracts with the Deputy Prime Minister s office. Oliver Heald, MP for Hertfordshire North East, submitted questions about Stevenage-based RISE Associates involvement in regeneration

Oliver Heald

A COMPANY caught up in the Prescott affair scandal has no outstanding contracts with the Deputy Prime Minister's office.

Oliver Heald, MP for Hertfordshire North East, submitted questions about Stevenage-based RISE Associates' involvement in regeneration in the area following claims in a national newspaper that one of RISE's consultants, Sarah Bissett Scott, had an affair with John Prescott.

The Deputy Prime Minister's office told Mr Heald: "The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed in May 2002 and information prior to this date is not readily available.

"Since that date there have been no successful tenders for Rise Associates.

"The number of tenders submitted during this period is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs.

"No regeneration monies have been paid directly by the Department to RISE Associates. The Department maintains a record of funding to its agencies, but this does not include details of any payments made by agencies to third party organisations for services."

ODPM said it has no existing contracts with RISE Associates.

According to its website RISE Associates, based in Bessemer Drive, is a network of regeneration consultants specialising in research, analysis and evaluation, programme management and interim support in the South-east, London and East of England.

It says: "We work closely with local authorities and their communities, other public sector bodies and the private sector to deliver customised services for regeneration programmes.

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