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Information Technology

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of each of the five largest information technology contracts agreed by the House with outside suppliers over the last five years. (71766)

The information is not readily available in the form requested. The House has entered into a variety of IT-related contracts in recent years, some of which have been for hardware and software and others for project development or delivery. In few cases have the estimated and outturn costs related solely to a particular contract. Many of the contracts are in relation to continuing work.

The following table lists the five largest external suppliers by value for ICT-related goods and services in 2005-06.

Supplier

Service

Expenditure (£000)

Morse Group1

Systems development and support services

1,783

Insight Management and Systems Consultants Ltd.2

Systems development and support services

1,224

Colt

Telephony

748

Eurica

Telephony

693

Microsoft

Software

453

1 In support of the Parliamentary Information Management System (PIMS) and the Web Development Project.

2 In support of the new House Administration Information System (HAIS).

Apart from the contract with Insight Management and Systems Consultants Ltd., all these contracts are shared between the two Houses. The figures provided represent the Commons share of the costs incurred. These figures relate only to costs incurred under the Administration Estimate, for which the Commission is ultimately responsible, and not for costs borne on the Members’ Estimate, such as IT services for Members.