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Departmental ICT

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which ICT projects initiated by his Department were abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred on each project; who the contractors were; what the date of (a) commencement and (b) abandonment was in each case; and if he will make a statement. (251139)

The Department was established in May 2007 and prior to that, responsibility for ICT rested with its predecessors.

The National Enforcement Tracker System (NETS) project was cancelled in August 2007 following a detailed review which highlighted that the cost and scope of the project no longer provided value for money or met current business requirements. Expenditure to closure of the project was £4.328 million, this sum was reported in accordance with HMT accounting rules. The contractors were Steria, followed by IBM.

In November 2008, following a review by Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) Board, the Electronic Filing and Document Management programme, which included plans for future investment in ICT, was cancelled. The review concluded that the Electronic Filing and Document Management programme was not affordable. The costs incurred by the programme from commencement of the programme in August 2005 to its closure in November 2008 were £5.922 million. The main contractors were PA Consulting (August 2005-December 2007); Logica and Atos Origin (February 2008-November 2008). The programme was formally closed and documented for future reference.

Available records have not identified further abandoned ICT projects initiated by the Department for this period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; what estimate he has made of the (A) outturn cost and (B) completion date of each such project which is ongoing; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. (251373)

The Department was established in May 2007, and prior to that, responsibility for ICT was spread across the former Department for Constitutional Affairs, parts of the Home Office and the technology unit of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. The information required to answer this question is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.