The total cash cost of Members IT (including the contract currently held by Dell and previously held by Computacenter) has been:
Amount (£) 2002-03 1,230 2003-04 792 2004-05 725 2005-06 2,094
Desk top IT equipment has a life expectancy of around four years. The spend profile will reflect major upgrade and replacement programmes; for example, the 2005 general election gave rise to the higher spend on Members’ IT equipment in 2005-06.
Since the general election of 2005, Dell holds the contract for the supply and support of desktop hardware and peripherals for hon. Members. The Parliamentary ICT Service (PICT) provides support for centrally provided software packages and first line support for centrally provided hardware.