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Information Technology

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (71792)

In each of the last five years, the Department (core Defra only) has spent the following on information technology (IT) sourced from outside the Department:

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Notes: 1. These figures do not include expenditure on Capital Equipment or Construction in Progress (CIP)*. 2. Capital Expenditure (Capex) is shown on clearing account balance sheets, if expenditure is not cleared to the Fixed Assets Register (FAR) and CIP Register. 3. Therefore the end year balances on the Clearing equipment and CIP balance sheets may include expenditure c/f from earlier years. 4. There are no central records of actual IT Capex spend for these years. 5. Costs include consultancy expenditure related to the E-nabling programme. 6. Does not include any IT spend hidden in programme—0460**.

The Chief Information Officer, Chris Chant, is responsible for the successful delivery of IT projects within Defra. He has extensive experience in leading business transformation, large programme management, strategic supplier management and change management. His previous experience includes being the Service Delivery Team Director in the e-Government Unit of the Cabinet Office, and responsibility for the Inland Revenue e-Services Programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (71793)

The Department is able to confirm that over the last five years there have been three large IT contracts agreed with outside suppliers, and these are with Accenture, IBM, and LogicaCMG.


(a) Original estimated cost—£34.10 million

(b) Recently estimated costs—£55.04 million

(c) Outturn costs—£55.04 million (plus enhancement work to the value of £928,000 in 2005-06 and £2.7 million in 2006-07).


(a) Original estimated cost—£85 million per year

(b) Recently estimated costs—£85 million per year

(c) Outturn costs—£24,499,785 in 2004-05 and £97,217,291 in 2005-06.


(a) Original estimated cost—£16.10 million

(b) Recently estimated costs—£17.492 million (plus annual indexation)

(c) Outturn costs—Cost of supply was £6.7 million in 2002. The balance is for support and maintenance to be paid over the remainder of the contract, which ends in 2014.

Smaller, local IT contracts will also have been agreed; however, information on these is neither managed nor maintained centrally, and therefore it would incur disproportionate costs to collate. Only by reference to such information would it be possible to determine which are the fourth and fifth largest IT contracts, agreed with outside suppliers, in the Department.