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Departmental ICT

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion date of each is. (242267)

The current IT projects being undertaken in BERR, their lifetime costs, and expected completion dates into service are as follows:

HR Online—a new HR system for professional users and individual self help services, at an estimated life-time cost of £14 million up until the end of 2012.

SPIRE 3—enhancements to an existing system supporting export control, at an estimated life-time cost of £1 million up until the end of 2011.

RITE—a system allowing remote and secure access to BERR's IT systems, at an estimated development and implementation cost of £800,000, with on-going support costs and length of contract still the subject of negotiation with the Department's preferred IT supplier.

Point of Single Contact—this is an EU Directive and is funded by the EU, at an estimated implementation cost of £1.6 million, with on-going support costs and length of contract still being negotiated with the supplier.

I have asked the chief executives of the agencies Insolvency Service and Companies House to reply to the hon. Member directly.