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IT Projects

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start date, (ii) original planned completion date, (iii) expected completion date, (iv) originally planned costs and (v) estimated costs are of each; and if she will make a statement. (95868)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has currently a very wide range of IT enabled projects, the scale cost, time scales and complexity of these projects vary enormously. However those projects and groups of projects marshalled together around a significant business change cost and complexity are defined as Programmes. The information requested by the hon. Member is provided in the following table:

Current information technology projects > £2 million

Start date

Original planned completion date

Expected completion date

Originally planned costs (£million)

Estimated costs (£million)

FCO

Future Firecrest (AIM)

February 2005

February 2012

February 2012

332.0

347 1

FCONet 3

March 2006

June 2007

October 2007

3.5

3.5

EDRM (eRccords/iRecords)

September 2004

March 2010

March 2010

26.5

24.7

FCO Web Platform

July 2005

November 2008

November 2008

13.5

13.5

Global Collaboration

October 2005

March 2008

March 2008

3.6

36

Prism1

January 2002

January 2009

January 2010

81.9

99.9

FTN(FCO Telecommunications Network)

May 2000

May 20 10

May 20 10

180.0

240.0

UKvisas Biometrics

May 2005

December 2007

December 2007

101.5

121.7

Biometric Passports Programme (BRIT)

May 2004

October 2006

October 2006

4.0

4.0

Secondary Biometrics (yet to be scoped and fully costed)

October 2006

October 2010

2

2

2

Agencies (FCO Services , Wilton Park)

None

1 Implementation of the Prism system was completed in May 2006, two months later than originally planned, and the managed service contract with the contractor to run the system was extended from 2009 to 20 10.

2 To be determined.