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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed on the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) programme on overseas solutions (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) at each overseas location; and if he will make a statement. (232102)

The Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) programme does not explicitly differentiate between those staff working on the solutions required to deliver to sites in the UK and overseas.

Given that the DII footprint extends to some 2,000 sites, providing a detailed breakdown of DII staff numbers by site, and/or location, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilians, (b) serving members of the armed forces and (c) consultants (i) are and (ii) have been employed in the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) programme; and if he will make a statement. (232103)

The NAO report published 4 July 2008 noted the number of staff within the Department's Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) and Integrated Project Team (IPT) elements of the programme was 570. This comprised some 490 civilian and 80 serving military (rounded). The number of consultants employed in specific roles numbered around 180 (SRO and IPT combined). Staff employed by the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) delivery partner, the Atlas consortium, vary but are typically 2,800. A further 91 staff, civilians and serving military, were employed in the Department's top level budget areas, again as identified in the NAO report.

In order for the Ministry of Defence to calculate the total number of civilians, serving members of the armed forces and consultants that have ever worked on the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) programme, the Department would need to take into account staff turnover, military rotation, delivery partner engagement and each contract that has been placed with consultancy firms; this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) programme in Kathmandu; when he expects the project to be completed; and if he will make a statement. (232108)

Kathmandu presents particular challenges for the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) programme given its remoteness from the UK mainland. The DII programme has already delivered an interim infrastructure to support the implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) application in Kathmandu and the Department assesses that the DII(F) solution can be completed by the end of 2009.