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Police: ICT

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future (a) governance and (b) funding of NSPIS Custody and Case Preparation; and if she will make a statement. (211852)

Now that the implementation of the NSPIS Custody and Case Preparation systems has been achieved, the programme is nearing completion and plans are in place for its formal closure. At that point, the responsibility for the governance of the delivered systems will pass to the National User Group which is chaired by an ACPO officer and which is made up of representatives from forces and from the NPIA.

The cost of the NSPIS CuCP programme will be met by the NPIA in 2008-09. Thereafter, the costs of supporting and maintaining these systems will be shared with police forces. The NPIA is working with the National User Group to agree a programme of work to reduce these costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the IMPACT programme; and if she will make a statement. (211853)

The IMPACT Programme, which is now part of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), has made considerable progress on its three main work streams:

The programme is helping forces to implement the requirements of the Code of Practice and supporting Guidance on the Management of Police Information, which together provide a national framework for improved and more consistent processes for managing information. As part of this, two sets of peer reviews have been completed, the results of which show that forces are making good progress towards the target of implementation across all business areas by 2010. A third set of reviews is ongoing and is due to be completed later this year.

The programme delivered the IMPACT Nominal Index (INI) in December 2005. This provides a means for an investigating officer in one force or other policing agency to quickly and efficiently establish which other policing agencies might hold information on an individual of interest to their inquiries. The system has now been deployed to 67 organisations across the United Kingdom and currently holds over 61 million records. Over the 12 months from April 2007, use of the INI tripled, with around 36,000 searches being conducted in March 2008. Since its deployment, around half-a-million searches have been conducted in total, an estimated 11 per cent. of which have led to requests to other agencies for access to information they hold.

The programme is in the process of selecting a commercial partner to design, build, deploy and run a Police National Database (PND). Having established the Police Services’ requirements, a Contract Notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in May 2007. From the 14 consortia that formally responded, the Programme selected three to participate in detailed negotiations. It is anticipated that, following completion of these negotiations and the evaluation of the final tenders, a contract will be awarded to the successful supplier before the end of 2008.

It is planned to roll out the system in phases, with the first phase focusing on sharing and linking information that is currently held in local systems across the main United Kingdom police forces. Most of the first phase of capabilities are expected to be deployed during 2010, although it is possible that some early functionality might be delivered during 2009.

Subject to affordability in the next spending period, the second phase will focus on broadening the user base for the PND and securing the long term future of the current Police National Computer. Deployment of phase two is expected to commence after 2012.