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Departmental ICT

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department was for systems serving departmental processes in the UK that cost more than £1 million in each year since 2003-04; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project. (265510)

Until recently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) devolved responsibility for expenditure on ICT systems to individual directorates. As a consequence there is no central historical record of the information requested, and a comprehensive reply could be provided only at disproportionate cost. This does not, however, apply to larger projects costing in excess of £2 million. The following table sets out the information requested for such projects initiated since April 2003. Most FCO systems are designed to operate both in the UK and at Posts overseas; all those listed in the following table, with the exception of disaster recovery, serve FCO staff around the world.

Project

Original completion date

Latest forecast or actual completion date

Original total cost (£ million)

Latest total cost (£ million)

Contractor

Contract value (£ million)

Unclassified video conferencing

August 2009

August 2009

3.08

2.68

Multiple

n/a

Prism management information phase 1 (including later requirements changes)

April 2009

November 2009

3.57

3.76

CapGemini

2.96

Disaster Recovery (increased capacity to achieve full Resilience)

March 2009

July 2009

1.50

2.47

Cable and Wireless (GSI)

1.93

Bridge (formerly FEDIS) phase 1— emergency passports(including latest requirements)

December 2009

March 2010

4.44

6.00

Logica/FCO services

n/a

Prism simplification

January 2009

April 2009

6.59

6.20

CapGemini

3.92

Ocean (telecommunications procurement)

May 2010

November 2009

7.60

7.60

Various/OG C/internal

n/a

Secure video conferencing

March 2008

December 2008

2.49

2.13

Multiple/FCO services

n/a

Managed reporting service

January 2008

March 2009

2.50

2.31

HP/FCO services

n/a

Post infrastructure improvement

September 2008

September 2008

3.17

3.20

Various

n/a

FCONet 3 (development)

June 2007

March 2008

3.50

3.52

Fujitsu

1

Global collaboration

March 2008

March 2008

3.60

3.60

Various/internal

n/a

FCO web platform (scope reduced on examination of full business case)

November 2008

December 2008

13.50

9.74

Logica

6.12

Future firecrest programme

February 2012

February 2012

401.00

401.00

Hewlett Packard

216.80

FCONet 2

October 2005

November 2005

3.80

3.80

Fujitsu

2.08

EDRM (eRecords/ iRecords) (scope reduced due to financial constraints)

March 2010

August 2008

26.50

5.10

Internal/FCO services

n/a

Biometric passports programme (BRIT)

October 2006

October 2006

4.00

4.00

3M

6.50

1 Not separately identifiable from existing record.