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Information Technology

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. (71780)

The Scotland Office operates an information technology system through the Scottish Executive, which is responsible for the administration, support and maintenance of the system. Accordingly, the Executive is responsible for sourcing and awarding such contracts.

The expenditure attributable to outsourced information technology was as follows:

Expenditure (£)

2001-02

0

2002-03

36,427

2003-04

38,641

2004-05

24,718

2005-06

4,641

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. (71781)

The Scotland Office has only one outsourced IT contract which is for the production and design of the Scotland Office website, on-going maintenance, and hosting of the site; consequently, it is not possible to provide estimated outturn figures. However, the following table below details the expenditure in each year;

Expenditure (£)

2001-02

0

2002-03

36,427

2003-04

38,641

2004-05

24,718

2005-06

4,641