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Departmental ICT

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information technology projects initiated by her Department and its predecessors have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. (221749)

The Department for Transport does not hold centrally collected records on all IT projects carried out by the central department and its seven executive agencies. Available information shows that the following four IT projects were cancelled during the last five years.

In general such projects are cancelled if it becomes clear that the costs of completing the project are not justified by the benefits to be obtained. For example, in relation to the DVLA Tracking vehicles through the trade project, IT developments in the vehicle trade presented a lower cost solution. This is now being explored by DVLA, informed by the specification that was developed during the original project.

Highways Agency: CEO and Correspondence Unit Document Management System. Cost at cancellation: £227,574.

DFT (central): Electronic Documents and Records Management System. Cost at cancellation: £853,899.

DVLA: Tracking Vehicles Through the Trade. Cost at cancellation: £7,867,000.

DVLA: Electronic Licensing for Fleets. Cost at cancellation: £270,000.