Skip to main content

Transformational Government Report

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on producing the “Transformational Government” enabled by technology- report; and how much was accounted for by (a) report costs, (b) staff costs and (c) production, copying and distribution of the accompanying DVD. (110771)

The Government promised in “Transformational Government-Enabled by Technology (Cm6683)” to publish an annual report to Parliament.

The Annual Report communicates the progress so far in the first year of the Transformational Government Strategy. The UK public sector technology portfolio is £12.4 billion a year, operating in over 140 countries with tens of millions of transactions a day, running some of the world’s largest computer systems.

Costs of the “Transformational Government Annual Report” (Cm. 6970) are estimated at £123,000, comprising:

(a) £45,000 on production covering the design, editing, layout and printing of 500 copies of the report

(b) £36,000 in estimated staff time costs of the team of existing Cabinet Office staff who managed the production of the Report; and

(c) £42,000 on the production and copying of the accompanying DVD, including the cost of all filming and the services of a professional editor.

The report and the DVD together help to form the primary communication channel for getting the Transformational Government message out to both central and wider government, as well as the supplier base, the media and the general public.

This will help to communicate effectively the nature of the requirements and the early successes of a major, long-term endeavour across to a wide-range of stakeholders in a very short time. Previous experience with the Transformational Government Strategy, which has been downloaded over 141,000 times since November 2005, shows that downloading the report is likely to be very popular.