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Departmental ICT

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. (221718)

The Cabinet Office initiated one major IT project that was cancelled prior to completion in the last five years. For information regarding this project I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Liddell-Grainger) on 14 December 2005, Official Report, columns 2057-58W, by the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy).

In respect of the SCOPE Programme I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 6 November 2006, Official Report, column 862W by the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Hilary Armstrong). However, we have recently informed the Phase 2 contractor of SCOPE that a different approach to the delivery of those capabilities is needed.