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Departmental ICT

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269582)

There are many systems throughout the MOD that use servers. Information relating to average server capacity utilisation for each area of the Department over the last five years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the following information is available for two of the largest systems (Defence Information Infrastructure Convergence (DII(C)) and Defence Information Infrastructure Future (DII(F)).

The average server capacity utilisation for DII(C) across the financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 was 65 and 55 per cent. respectively. This does not include system administration and back-up, which would take utilisation to over 80 per cent. in both years.

The server capacity utilisation for DII(F) across the period August 2008 to March 2009 ranged between 50 and 80 per cent., depending on which server function was being used. This does not include system administration and back-up, which again would take utilisation to over 80 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269608)

Information on the total number of printers and multi-function devices with printing functions in use in each area of the Department in each of the last five years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

A central record is, however, held of those printers currently available for use on two of the Department's largest IT systems, the Defence Information and Infrastructure Convergence (DII(C)) and the Defence Information and Infrastructure Future (DII(F)) programmes. The number of printers available on these systems is provided in the following table.

IT system

Number of printers

DII(C)

4,392

DII(F)

15,760

Some DII(C) printers are over five years old and do not support two-sided printing. DII(C) is, however, being replaced progressively by DII(F) and all printers procured for use on DII(F) have a two-sided print capability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (269631)

The Department currently has no mechanism for measuring compliance with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard but we are currently considering how to address this. Options include the introduction of regular audits and improved management information. One of the Department's largest IT programmes, Defence Information Infrastructure Future (DII(F)), will incorporate the standard into the next phase of the contract which is due to be let this year.