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Information Technology

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (71799)

The information requested is as follows:

Contract

Originally estimated cost (£ million)

Most recently estimated cost (£ million)

Outturn cost (£ million)

Comments

Skynet 5 (Satellite Communication Services)

2,775

3,660

137

Expenditure does not include expenditure from other areas within the Department that call up SATCOM services. 'Most recent cost' reflects revised contract to include a third satellite and a fourth satellite in the event of the failure at the launch stage of one of the three satellites. Should there be no loss the cost will reduce to £3,273 million.

Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F))

2,297

2,313

252

This relates to the Increment 1 contract only. Increments 2 and 3 have not yet been let.

Joint Personnel Administration (JPA)

237

237

106

These estimates comprise all extramural costs for JPA and include the cost of personnel administration services using JPA up to the end of financial year 2008-09. Outturn costs cover extramural expenditure to the end of financial year 2005-06.

Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solutions (JAMES)

Up to 200

90 to 100

10 to 20

This includes JAMES 1 and 2, Whole Fleet Management and Engineering and Asset Management.

Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP)

98

82

0

No outturn yet—contract placed in April 2006.

Note: Purely voice communications systems are not considered to fall within the scope of the question.