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Departmental ICT

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by the Cabinet Office 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. (251374)

The following table lists the major ICT projects that have been undertaken by my Department.

Project

Start year

Estimated cost (£ million)

Estimated delivery date

Outturn cost (£ million)

Outturn delivery date

Main contractor

Flex transformation

2007

3.16

July 2008

Not yet complete

Not yet complete

Fujitsu

HR/Finance/Procurement Shared Services

2007

8.3

May 2009

Not yet complete

Not yet complete

DWP

Government Gateway, Release 2.2

2007

2.53

April 2008

2.53

May 2008

Atos Origin

Government Gateway, Release 2.3

2008

1.2

July 2008

1.2

July 2008

Atos Origin

Government Gateway, business continuity

2007

2.7

April 2008

2.7

April 2008

Atos Origin

Government Gateway Strategic Support

2006

4.3

April 2008

4.3

April 2008

Atos Origin

ISAAC

2005

2.9

June 2007

2.9

July 2007

Hedra

e-RM

2005

3.7

March 2008

3.7

March 2008

Meridio HP Services

On SCOPE, I refer you to the answer given to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) on 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 360W.

We have only included major projects in our response whose value exceeds £1 million. There are many other smaller lower cost projects, for example, to cover software development, hardware updates, infrastructure changes, but to collect all the requisite data would be at disproportionate cost.

Responsibility for the Government Gateway was transferred to DWP with effect from 1 April 2008.

Prior to 2005, the information requested is not readily available from the Department’s accounting systems. Also payment to individual contractors is not readily available from the Department’s accounting systems. This information is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.