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IT Projects

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled since 1997; what the total cost was of each project at cancellation; and if he will make a statement. (105486)

No information technology projects within the Royal Mint, the Valuation Office Agency, the Debt Management Office, the Government Actuary’s Department, National Savings and Investments and the Office for National Statistics have been cancelled since 1997.

No information technology projects within HM Treasury have been cancelled since 2003. Information prior to 2003 is not held in the form requested, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

No information technology projects within the Office of Government Commerce or for OGC.buying.solutions have been cancelled since 2001. Information prior to 2001 for OGC and its predecessor organisation, the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

HMRC cancelled an element of the Child Trust Fund (CTF) project when it was determined that this element was not necessary for the implementation of CTF and was not a strategic value for money project in its own right. However, a first release of this element was successfully developed and deployed. This release was critical for the smooth implementation and ongoing running of the Child Trust Fund project. The cost at cancellation for 2004-05 was £5.532 million and for 2005-06 £9.818 million.