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Departmental ICT

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information technology projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies cancelled prior to completion in each of the last five years; and what the cost of each project was at cancellation. (223973)

The Department for Work and Pensions was created in June 2001. The Department undertakes a large number of projects which deliver business change and policy initiatives. The great majority have been, and continue to be, successful. IT changes are an enabling component of many projects. The number of projects in train at any one time will vary and the duration of the project lifecycle is often more than one calendar year. The following table includes only those projects that have been formally closed where the IT element was such that non-delivery of the IT significantly affected the project's ability to deliver its intended results and the investment in the project exceeded £1 million.

Project name

Investment expenditure £(million)

Document Management


Retirement Planner


Benefits Processing Replacement Programme (BPRP)


1 Including future commitments

Of the total investment in BPRP, £73 million out of the £143 million has been of value to the Department, notwithstanding the project's cancellation, as detailed in the Jobcentre Plus 2006-07 Resource Accounts. Part of the residual investment has been reimbursed to the Department, in work and kind, by the project's main provider.