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Police: ICT

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces (a) have adopted fully and (b) are piloting ExISS release 1; how much was spent on the programme in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement. (256683)

I have been asked to reply.

ExISS release 1 consists of the police to magistrates court and the police to Crown Prosecution Service links.

As of 18 February 2009, out of 43 police forces, 39 had completed deployment of the police to magistrates court link. 34 police forces had completed deployment of the police to Crown Prosecution Service link with a further eight police forces partially deployed. One police force was in the advanced stages of deployment planning for both release 1 links. No police force is piloting the link, all are either deployed or in the deployment phase.

In the year 2007-08 there was a capital spend of £9 million on the programme.

It should be noted that in addition to the programme to deploy ExISS release 1 to the 43 ‘Home Office’ police forces, a further project is under way to deploy to the British Transport police, managed by the British Transport police themselves, with a target for deployment later in 2009.

The primary aim of ExISS release 1 is to ensure that the links between the applications are being fully utilised in order for police, magistrates court and CPS staff to reduce the amount of re-keying of information that has already been entered into a partner organisation’s application. By the end of the financial year 2008-09 it is expected that 40 police forces will have fully deployed ExISS release 1, and by the end of calendar 2009 all 43 forces will have fully deployed ExISS release 1. By the end of calendar 2008 ExISS release 1 had delivered £2.7 million of benefit to the agencies.