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Departmental Internet

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to update its web browsers from Internet Explorer 6. (285013)

For Home Office core, the United Kingdom Border Agency and the Criminal Records Bureau, there is a project under way that includes the upgrade from Internet Explorer 6; the current timing for this part of the project is February 2010.

IPS has recently signed a 10-year application and enrolment contract with Computer Science Corporation for the provision of IT services including desktop. As part of this contract, there is an 18-month programme called "Technical Transformation" within which there are several components including the roll-out of a new standard desktop.

Deployment of this new desktop, which includes Internet Explorer 7, is due to take place in a phased approach around the middle of 2010. A precise date for the start of this new desktop roll-out has not yet been agreed.