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Departmental ICT

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information technology projects initiated by his 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. (221713)

The following three major core DEFRA IT projects have been terminated prior to completion within the last five years. Details of projects conducted within core DEFRA only have been included where there have been write-off costs as a result of closing the project. Details of other smaller IT projects could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost to the Department.

Catalyst Project

Catalyst was designed to provide an Electronic Data and Records Management system for DEFRA. The total expenditure from inception to termination was £12.6 million. This included costs of a large pilot and of preparing for the wider programme, which was not rolled out.

Phoenix IT Project

Phoenix was designed to handle licences for protected species covered by international conventions. The total expenditure from inception to termination was £3,998,807.

Customer Information Programme

The Customer Information Programme was designed to enable DEFRA to hold improved customer information. The total expenditure was £9,691,000.