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Police: Internet

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the police portal has been to date, including any costs associated with the termination of the contract for the creation of the portal. (256095)

The police portal provided a national communications channel for the Police Service. It was procured in January 2001 and the total annual cost of running this service was just under £2 million per annum up to 31 March 2007 when the contract with the service provider expired. A replacement portal service was planned but owing to a number of issues the contract was terminated.

Legal costs of £1,352,000 (inclusive of solicitors, barristers, experts, mediation costs and court fees) were incurred by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) in connection with legal proceedings associated with the termination of the contract for a replacement portal service.

The proceedings were settled out of court towards the end of 2008 to the mutual satisfaction of both parties. The issues being debated between NPIA and its supplier were set out in publicly available court documents. The terms of the settlement are confidential.