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IT Projects

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-web-related information technology projects cost his Department more than £500,000 since 2001; how many qualified tender proposals there were for each project; and which company was awarded each contract. (98599)

DFID has awarded the following contracts for IT projects costing more than £500,000 since 2001:

Project

Description

Qualified tenders

Awarded to:

HR System

Human Resources administration system

3

Northgate HR Ltd (formally known as Rebus Software Ltd)

QUEST

Electronic Document and Record Management System

6

LogicaCMG UK Ltd

ARIES

Finance, Procurement and Reporting system

5

Agresso Ltd

All three projects were for systems which are primarily aimed at efficient internal administration within DFID. However QUEST and ARIES have small components which deliver web-facing solutions. These components are fully integrated into the systems which were delivered in the contracts.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) equipment and (b) consultants for (i) information technology and (ii) web-facing information technology projects in each year since 2001. (98601)

The following spend has been made in each financial year since 2001:

£

Equipment

Consultants

2001-02

1,432,698

2,038,585

2002-03

1,290,697

1,700,387

2003-04

4,117,171

1,257,825

2004-05

3,341,147

2,102,610

2005-06

2,718,913

7,853,737

The figures for consultants include contractors engaged for implementation work on new IT systems. DFID does not keep separate records of the cost of IT consultants engaged in an advisory capacity.

The figures for equipment cover hardware purchased for major IT projects. They do not include small routine equipment purchases and computer consumables.

DFID’s IT projects in this period have been primarily aimed at efficient internal administration. However some projects have small components which deliver web-facing solutions. These components are fully integrated into the systems and it is not possible to separate out their costs.

The high figure for consultants in 2005-06 arises because it includes the costs for the implementation contractors engaged following competitive tender for the QUEST Electronic Document and Records Management system and the ARIES finance, procurement and reporting system.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department’s five most expensive (a) web and (b) non-web information technology projects have been since 2001. (98919)

The five most expensive IT projects undertaken by DFID since 2001 have been:

QUEST Electronic Document and Records Management system

ARIES Finance, Procurement and Reporting system

ASSIST2000 Desktop installation

Human Resource system

CARIS Desktop refresh

All five projects were for systems which are primarily aimed at efficient internal administration within DFID. However QUEST and ARIES have small components which deliver web-facing solutions. These components are fully integrated into the systems and it is not possible to separate out their costs.