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Departmental ICT

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1323-24W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) expected cost was at the outset of each project. (242154)

The original planned completion date for the ARIES Finance, Procurement and Reporting System was end of October 2008. The original contracted cost of the project was £11 million. Built into the original contract were a number of additional cost options (such as usability improvements, improved compliance with Accessibility and Disability Equality standards and a major software upgrade) which were subsequently taken up. This further work has extended the project time and cost. The current total contract value is £17.6 million, and is now due to complete in September 2009.

The Web Transformation project is on track to complete in July 2009. The original projected budget was £2.0 million and the current forecast is £2.5 million.

The Knowledge and Information Management Programme is at an early stage but is on track to complete in March 2011. The original cost estimate of £6.8 million is still accurate.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Programme (ITIP) is on track to complete in March 2011. The original estimate of £5.0 million is still accurate.