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Departmental ICT

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. (251377)

My Department's IT service is outsourced to Atos Origin and all costs are paid to that company.

My Department does not keep a formal register of IT projects. However, records show that the following projects have been undertaken in the last two years:


Planned completion

Estimated cost (£)

Actual completion

Actual cost (£)

Collaboration Space

November 2008




Electronic Records Management

January 2009


October 2008

Web Content Management (Red Dot)

November 2008


November 2008


Desk Top Portal (Frank)

June 2009


Google Enterprise Search

March 2009


Secure collaboration—Proof of Concept

March 2009


Information of earlier projects could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement. (251389)