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Public Bodies: Internet

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost is of (a) establishing and (b) maintaining the data interchange hub in each of the next three years. (193814)

The data interchange hub project is being delivered in a phased manner, with the first production release due to go into service in April 2008. The phases beyond this have not been scoped in detail, and as a result estimated costs, if agreed, are not yet available. The current estimated cost up to 1 April 2008 is just under £690,000, including the costs of system development and testing, programme management, and communications with stakeholders. The annual maintenance costs are under negotiation, and the Department is efficiently and effectively re-using existing departmental systems and infrastructure to its benefit as regards both the development and maintenance costs of the system.