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Information Technology

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside his Department in each of the last five years; who is responsible for such projects in his Department; and what IT (a) expertise and (b) qualifications they possess. (71810)

The total spend for the Department for Transport and its agencies on IT sourced from outside the Department in each of the last five years is as follows:-

£ million

2001-02

70.2

2002-03

158.8

2003-04

151.3

2004-05

167.3

2005-06

244.5

The accounting officer is the person ultimately responsible for IT projects in DfT. This will normally be agency chief executives (who are also the agency accounting officers) or the permanent secretary (the departmental accounting officer). There are two additional accounting officers in Department for Transport (one for the Driver, Vehicle and Operator Group and one for rail).

Accounting officers will in turn be advised by their head of IT or equivalent, or the project manager for the relevant project.

Bearing in mind disproportionate costs, it is not feasible to identify and list all those involved in DfT with their expertise and qualifications. However, some 400 DfT staff have been trained in programme and project management as part of the Professional Skills for Government initiative. Of these, some 47 in the senior civil service and some 150 below the SCS have so far obtained related qualifications.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was in each of the five largest information technology contracts agreed with outside suppliers over the last five years. (71811)

The Department was formed in May 2002. A table showing the five largest information technology contracts agreed by the Department since that date has been placed in the Libraries of the House.