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Departmental ICT

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost is for each information technology project being undertaken by his Department and its agencies; and if he will make a statement. (180574)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 December 2006, Official Report, columns 306-07W.

There are a large number of information technology projects across the Northern Ireland Office. The majority of these are relatively small and are developed in-house with minimum cost. To compile information to support all projects would be at disproportionate cost therefore the information within the following table relates only to current IT projects which cost in excess of £l million.



Access NI

Start date

August 2003

March 2002

June 2006

Original planned completion date

December 2006

December 2005

March 2007

Expected completion date

December 2009

March 20081

March 2008

Originally planned costs (£ million)




Estimated planned costs (£ million)




1 Implementation commenced in the first prison establishment on September 2005. Implementation is planned to be completed in all prison establishments by March 2008.