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Departmental ICT

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 7 of his Department’s Autumn 2008 Performance Report, what the risks are which remain to deploying and realising the full benefits of his Department’s new IT system. (246267)

Since the publication of the report the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has successfully deployed the new IT system to our UK offices and two overseas pilot posts. This has mitigated the risk in some areas. However, as the programme progresses, the risks continually change, with new risks arising and others being mitigated. The main areas of risk on which we are focusing are:

the testing of the system/performance of the telecommunications network

the deployment schedule

getting the right resources where and when needed

co-ordination with wider IT/building changes

preparation of staff to take advantage of the benefits of the system.

The FCO deployment team continually monitor the risks to the programme and seek external assurance through the Office of Government Commerce gateway process.