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Departmental IT Projects

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the ICT projects in his Department that (a) have been cancelled since 1997 and (b) which remain under review; what the total expenditure was on each project; and which contractors were involved. (105810)

The Department for Work and Pensions was created in June 2001. The Department undertakes a large number of projects which deliver business change and policy initiatives. IT changes are an enabling component of many projects. The number of projects in train at any one time will vary and the duration of the project lifecycle is often more than one calendar year. The following table includes only those projects that have been formally closed where the IT element is such that non-delivery of the IT would significantly damage the projects ability to deliver its intended results and the investment in the project has exceeded £1 million.

Project name

Contractors involved

Investment expenditure (£ million)

Document Management

None appointed at time of cancellation


Retirement Planner

Accenture as Solution Provider EDS as Solution Operator


E-enabled Retirement Pension



Benefits Processing Replacement Programme (BPRP)

IBM: solution design services. PA Consulting: client side programme management and implementation support.


1 Including future commitments

A significant amount of the investment in BPRP is of future value to the Department. At this point our best estimate of this sum is £73 million.

The Department has a comprehensive monitoring system in place to ensure that projects and programmes continue to deliver value for money, make effective use of departmental resources and continue to meet departmental objectives throughout their development. As such all projects and programmes are subject to periodic comprehensive reviews.