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Departmental IT

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of information technology projects undertaken by or for her Department since 2001 have been delivered (a) over budget, (b) after their original deadline, (c) on budget, (d) under budget, (e) on their original deadline and (f) ahead of their original deadline. (97558)

The information requested is not available in the form requested from the Department’s accounting systems. It is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which web-related information technology projects cost her Department more than £50,000 since 2001; which companies submitted qualified tender proposals for each project; and which company was awarded each contract. (97568)

According to available records, listed are those web-related information technology projects since 2001 that cost my Department more than £50,000. In each case and subject to records being available, those companies who tendered and were awarded contracts are identified.

Platinum

An on-line network available to all who have attended National School of Government (previously the Civil Service College) corporate programmes, designed to extend learning beyond those programmes.

The contract was awarded to EPIC, and up to five other tenders were considered but records are not available for these.

E-Learner Support System

Supports a range of National School (previously Civil Service College) programmes and networks. Users can access training materials, further reading and other items of interest. They can also collaborate on work via the discussion forums and separate libraries.

The contract was awarded to the University of Durham Business School, and up to six other tenders were considered but records are not available for these.

Enterprise Information Portal/Policy Hub

An on-line network providing access to resources to support better policy making.

The contract was awarded to Compaq with Logica/CMG as sub-contractor. No information is available on other companies that tendered for this project.

Government Communications Network

An on-line system supporting staff working in Government communications.

The contract was awarded to IT-Zone. No information is available on other companies that tendered for this project.

Better Internet Project

To develop an improved and well co-ordinated departmental web presence.

The contract was awarded to Trinity Expert Systems Ltd. with Computacenter acting as value added re-seller (VAR). This project went through a two stage tendering process with a pre-tender VAR competition under the auspices of the Government Catalogue (GCat) between Computacenter, Specialist Computer Centre (SCC) and PC World Business. Competing tenderers via the chosen VAR were Trinity Expert Systems, Eduserv, White Clarke Technologies, Vamosa, COLT, BT and Attenda.

Civil Service Recruitment Gateway

An on-line system to promote civil service career opportunities.

The contract was awarded to McCann Erickson, in competition with Barnard Modes.

True North

Consolidated hosting of systems: provision of a data centre and managed services.

The contract was awarded to ITNet, since acquired by SERCO. Atos Origin and Fujitsu were the other prospective suppliers taken to ‘invitation to negotiation’ stage.

Government Gateway Managed Service Provision

The Government Gateway is an application which interoperates with other government systems to provide secure access to online public sector services. The contract was awarded to Atos Origin; with CapGemini and EDS taken to ‘invitation to negotiation’ stage. The first iteration of this service, known as Government Gateway, was awarded to Compaq Computer.

Directgov

The flagship government digital service designed to assist citizens and business obtain information about government; this service superseded UK Online, was developed in-house.

UK Online

The predecessor to Directgov designed to assist citizens and business obtain information about government. The service was provided by British Telecom with PA Consulting. Information on other companies that tendered for this project cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which non-web-related information technology projects cost her Department more than £1 million since 2001; how many qualified tender proposals there were for each project; and which company was awarded each contract. (97569)

According to available records, the following are those non web-related information technology projects.

Electronic Records Management

The project is being delivered through the Department’s existing IT managed services contract by the incumbent supplier Hewlett-Packard.

Better Software Project

The project was delivered through the Department’s existing IT managed services contract by the incumbent supplier Hewlett-Packard.

It is not the practice to publish the costs of intelligence-related programmes.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much her Department has spent on (a) information technology projects generally and (b) web-facing projects in each year since 2001, broken down by (i) expenditure on consultants and (ii) other costs. (97571)

The information is not available in the form requested from the Department’s accounting system and is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.