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Departmental ICT

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which manufacturers' software is used in her Department. (167227)

In the main, the Home Office no longer chooses specific software. There are a large number of computer systems operated by the Department.

The choice of software to meet the business needs of the Home Office now largely rests with its Strategic IST suppliers who are contracted, largely under the private finance initiative (and public-private partnership arrangements), to meet business requirements and provide value for money solutions, including the consideration of open source solutions.

Within our business requirements, the Home Office ensures that any technical choices should meet relevant Government software standards and provide for interoperability with the public and business partners.