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Departmental ICT

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 599W, on departmental ICT, what the original expected (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each project referred to; and if he will make a statement. (251245)

The original expected (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each of the BERR ICT projects referred to in the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 599W, were as follows:

HR Online

(a) £7.2 million for development and implementation; £1.1 million per annum for support.

(b) May 2008.

SPIRE 3

(a) £897,000 for development and implementation; £155,000 per annum for support,

(b) March 2009.

RITE

(a) £800,000 for development and implementation; £641,000 per annum for support.

(b) December 2008.

Point of Single Contact

(a) £1.6 million; support costs continue to be negotiated.

(b) March 2010.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors 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. (251387)

Since 1997 the Department and its predecessors have not abandoned any ICT projects initiated during this period. The Department has a main information technology contract which is a private finance initiative (PFI) agreement with Fujitsu Services and this has been in place for more almost 10 years as well an alternative IT framework agreement with a number of other suppliers to enable competition.

The Department does not hold central information regarding ICT projects initiated by its agencies.