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Information Technology

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional 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. (95871)

In common with any large organisation, IT based change projects in my Department range in scale from the very small, involving just a small number of new PCs, to those supporting major strategic business developments for the Department. For the strategic group, there have been three change programmes covering the courts and headquarters. These areas are covered by separate contracts, details of which are as follows:

LOCCS (Local County Court System) provides operational IT systems to Her Majesty's Courts Service (Crown and County courts).

ARAMIS (Resource Accounting and Management Information System) provides accounting, financial, HR/payroll and management information services to the Department.

The Libra contracts cover the provision of IT infrastructure and office automation for the magistrates courts and development and implementation of a national case management system.

Total IT spend under these contracts over the last five years is as follows:

£ million

2001-02

73.8

2002-03

110.24

2003-04

149.6

2004-05

121.38

2005-06

158.51

In addition, the Transition project was launched on 26 October 2006 to manage the transfer of responsibility for the IT Services provided under the LOCCS, ARAMIS and LIBRA contracts to new suppliers. Project plans are currently being developed so I am unable to provide you with any information to your detailed questions.