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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:

Project

Planned completion

Estimated cost (£)

Actual completion

Actual cost (£)

Collaboration Space

November 2008

50,000

November2008

45,000

Electronic Records Management

January 2009

1,500,000

October 2008

Web Content Management (Red Dot)

November 2008

200,000

November 2008

201,000

Desk Top Portal (Frank)

June 2009

100,000

Google Enterprise Search

March 2009

200,000

Secure collaboration—Proof of Concept

March 2009

150,000

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)