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Criminal Justice Information Technology

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projects the criminal justice information technology unit has managed which began after 2002; what the (a) originally estimated and (b) actual costs were for each project; and what the (i) estimated and (ii) actual completion dates were for each project. (195612)

CJIT managed two projects: Secure eMail and the CJS Exchange.

In the business case issued in March 2003, Secure eMail was estimated to cost £23 million (including operating costs to the end of 2007-08) and be fully deployed by April 2004. Secure eMail was delivered in May 2004 and to date has cost £22 million.

In the business case issued in March 2004, CJS Exchange was estimated to cost £175 million to the end of 2007-08 (including operating costs) and to have completed the roll-out of the scope (as defined at that time) by March 2006. To date, CJS Exchange has cost £162 million. Deployment of the remaining elements from the original scope will be completed by December 2008 at an additional cost of £5 million.

The CJS Exchange is an asset that is designed to be utilised, developed and expanded by Criminal Justice Organisations who want to join their systems with other CJS systems or who want to provide access to information within their systems to staff across the wider CJS. The scope of the programme has therefore changed since its inception in order to meet new demands and changing requirements.