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National Probation Service for England and Wales: ICT

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the efficiency of existing legacy IT systems used by the Probation Service; and if he will make a statement. (182115)

Working within the terms of reference of the C-NOMIS Strategic Review, an assessment of the seven NFS legacy case management systems in use in the 42 probation areas was completed in September 2007. This identified a small number of areas where existing case management systems are failing and in urgent need of replacement, and a range of issues associated with CRAMS (the system in use in most probation areas) including obsolete software and hardware, and compliance with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

A plan of works is in place to implement Delius, a system already used in some areas, where required as an urgent replacement during 2008-09, and to upgrade or replace CRAMS during 2009-10.