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Information Technology

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what IT projects with a value in excess of £10,000 the Cabinet Office authorised in each of the last three financial years. [124424]

I have today placed in the Libraries of the House a summary of IT projects with a value in excess of £10,000 that my Department authorised in the last three financial years.It has been compiled from centrally held records and those maintained by existing business units, but, due to changes in my Department over the last three years, will not capture all projects that were managed by units that no longer exist.The summary excludes any projects undertaken by the executive agencies of my Department (i.e. the Central Office of Information and the Government Car and Despatch Agency).

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many outsourced IT contracts have been signed by his Department in each year since 1997; how much each of these contracts is worth; with whom they are signed; how many have been renegotiated; how many are still in place; and if he will make a statement. [126209]

My Department has signed 21 outsourced IT contracts since 1 April 1997. 20 of these contracts were awarded to the suppliers listed below for the delivery of services in connection with the Government Gateway. Of these, 9 have been renegotiated and 14 are currently in place. The estimated total value of these contracts is just over £117 million.

  • BCC Chambersign
  • BT Syntegra
  • Cable & Wireless
  • CGEY
  • Chatmoderators
  • Clark, McKay & Walpole
  • Domain Technologies
  • EDS (Initially Loudcloud)
  • EduSery
  • EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd
  • Equifax
  • ITNet
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • National Computing Centre
  • Sapient Limited
  • SchlumbergerSema
  • Securicor
  • Team Netsol
  • Vizuri
  • Westminster Digital.

A further contract for the provision of my Department's internal office systems and ancillary services was awarded to Compaq Computer Limited (now HP Ltd.) in January 2000 and runs for five years,

with the option to extend for a further two years. This was the renewal of an existing outsourced contract. The estimated expenditure on the core services over five years is in the region of £15 million.