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Departmental ICT

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) 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; (251380)

(2) when he plans to answer question 251380, tabled on 22 January 2009, on ICT projects; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) does not hold a current comprehensive list of ICT projects at the level of detail requested. This could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

However, DEFRA has provided some related information to previous questions. The hon. Member is referred to the following answers:

(a) The hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) on 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1500W;

(b) The hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 869W;

(c) The hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1276W; and

(d) The hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1226-27W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which ICT projects his Department and its predecessors initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement; (251392)

(2) when he plans to answer question 251392, tabled on 22 January 2009, on ICT projects; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) does not hold a current comprehensive list of ICT projects at the level of detail requested. This could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

However, the hon. Member is referred to the response my Department provided to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 17 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1516-17W. No further ICT projects and programmes have been cancelled since that response.