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Departmental ICT

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 541W, on departmental ICT, how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are or have been working on each of the IT projects listed; (242096)

(2) if he will list the companies with which his Department or its agencies have contracts relating to each of the IT projects;

(3) what the (a) budget and (b) cost to date has been of each of the IT projects;

(4) what the purpose is of each of the IT projects;

(5) how many contractors in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are or have been working on each of the IT projects.

Only two of the projects listed in my previous answer, which had been subject to a Gateway Review by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), belong to HM Treasury and its agencies.

(1) HM Treasury Group's Corporate Shared Services Programme was a management programme delivering better quality service provision, through transforming skills, services and better deployment of resources. The IT-enabling element of the programme was the creation of a single system to underpin the new shared Human Resource service, for people in HM Treasury and OGC.

The contracted companies used under the IT-enabling element of the programme were Deloittes Touche, Parity, Certes and Rullion Computer Personnel.

(2) The OGC Consultancy Services Framework project (now known as External Resources Framework) is an acquisition project, not an IT-enabled one. It has been categorised in error as an IT-enabled project in our database and this is why it appeared in the initial reply. The framework provides OGC with access to a pool of skilled individuals to support OGC's aims and objectives by conducting reviews (e.g. Gateway Reviews, Procurement Capability Reviews, reviews of major projects and programmes) via a framework contract with a number of suppliers. The project did not use any contracted companies, as it was sourced entirely from internal OGC resource.

The further information requested in respect of these two projects is given in the following table.

Responsibility for the 2011 Census Project was transferred to the Cabinet Office in April 2008, when the Office for National Statistics became part of the independent UK Statistics Authority.

In respect of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer my right hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury gave to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 279W.

The other projects listed in my previous answer form part of HMRC's Departmental Transformation Programme, including:

(1) the New Penalties Project, which is making the changes necessary to implement a new penalties regime for HMRC taxes established in Finance Act 2007;

(2) Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS), a project to computerise the current paper system to track the movement of duty suspended excise goods within the EU (to comply with European Council Decision 1152/2003/EC).

Details of these projects (including the purpose of individual programmes, costs to 31 March 2008, and planned expenditure to 2011) are outlined in the National Audit Office's recent value-for-money report on that programme, published in July 2008 (HC 930).

HM Treasury Group Projects

Projects

Number of staff

Number of contractors

Budget

Cost to date1

Corporate Shared Services Programme

11

7

£1.36 million

£0.91 million

Consultancy Services Framework

6

None

n/a

2£105,000

1 30 September 2008

2 The project is closed

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 541W, on departmental ICT, whether any of the IT projects were discontinued as a result of the Gateway review process. (242098)

None of the HMT IT projects were discontinued as a result of the Gateway™ review process. The Gateway process is intended to provide independent expert advice to the senior responsible owner of a programme/project on achieving successful delivery; it is not designed to recommend the cancellation of projects.

Gateway information is only part of the assurance advice SROs receive If a Department is considering cancelling a project it will consider all assurance advice available to them.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 778-80W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) estimated cost of each of the projects was at its outset. (242169)

Original costs and completion dates for the projects were as follows:

Department

IT Project

Estimated cost at outset (£)

Estimated completion date at outset

HMT

OGC Laptop Refresh Project—Planned replacement of obsolete equipment with new devices with remote working capabilities.

280,575

August 2008

HMT

Group Networks—Implementation of new Restricted network infrastructure for shared services.

628,750

March 2008

HMT

Common Infrastructure Management Tools—Implementation of single toolset and process for systems management across multiple networks. Confidential and restricted including deployment of software/upgrades and security patches.

462,000

November 2008

HMT

Firewall Replacement Project—Planned replacement of obsolete firewalls to ensure security and compliance of networks and services.

339,000

February 2008

HMT

Switch Replacement Project—Planned replacement of obsolete network infrastructure to ensure delivery, security and performance of networks and services.

456,000

August 2008

HMT

OGC Blackberry—implementation of Blackberry servers and devices to support the business requirements.

52,000

December 2008