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Information Technology

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Departments (a) total managed expenditure, (b) total spending on information technology and (c) spending on information technology as a proportion of its total managed expenditure was in each financial year since 1997–98. [107180]

The contribution by the Department for Work and Pensions to total managed expenditure can be measured by the total of spending under resource and capital budgets, less non-cash items in AME. Data for 1997–98 to 2001–02 were published in the 2002 Departmental Report (Cm 5424).New estimates will be published in the same table in the 2003 Departmental Report.Total spending by the Department for Work and Pensions on information technology was £449 million in 2001–02. Of this expenditure, £38 million has been recovered from other Government Departments for work undertaken on their behalf. The Department for Work and Pensions was created in June 2001 by merging elements of the former Department of Social Security and the former Department for Education and Employment. Therefore comparable information on total spending on information technology for the years 1997–98 to 2000–01 is not available.