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Departmental ICT

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than £1 million was in each year since 2003-04; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project. (265511)

For the last 10 years the vast majority of the Department's, and its predecessors, IT services have been provided through a PFI agreement with Fujitsu services and covers the provision of all desktop services, web infrastructure services, document management and other business applications. Many of these are charged for as part of overall, bundled, service charges. The Department also has in place an alternative IT framework agreement with a number of suppliers to enable competition where this is deemed appropriate. In addition, previously the responsibility for ICT was of a devolved nature and it is not therefore possible to provide all of the information requested without disproportionate cost. However, the information we do have available for ICT Projects costing over £1 million in each year since 2003-04 is as follows:


Original estimate (£ million)

Delivery date

Outturn(£ million)

Actual delivery

Main supplier


Flexible Computing


March 2006


March 2008


Project was deferred until 2007



March 2008


March 2008


HR Online


May 2008


March 2009

Cap Gemini

Implementation delayed due to performance issues

Since 2003-04 all other ICT projects have either been delivered as part of the Fujitsu PFI contract or have cost less than £1 million.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the publication of the Greening Government ICT Strategy; and if he will make a statement. (269571)

In order to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions the Department has:

Reduced the number of PCs within the Department on a ratio of eight PCs for every 10 staff.

Introduced a printer/employee ratio of 1:20 for monochrome and 1:40 for colour printers.

Reduced the number of desktop printers by over 800 with an associated reduction in consumables.

Reduced the number of Exchange servers from 20 to eight

Introduced improved power saving settings on all PCs and on printers

Introduced automatic night time shut down on all PCs.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department and its predecessor was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269586)

The provision of IT services in my Department are outsourced to a number of suppliers on an array of IT server equipment. Under these arrangements, service level targets are specified and monitored to ensure high standards of service. The measurement of server capacity utilisation is not a contractual reporting requirement and so the information requested is not available.