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Departmental ICT

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects involving information technology elements being sponsored by his Department and its agencies are (a) behind schedule and (b) overbudget. (288284)

The criteria set out in the question currently apply to several CLG projects as follows.

Communities and Local Government (including the regional co-ordination unit and Government offices in the regions)

FiReControl: The FiReControl project is a business change project with an IT component. On 15 July 2009 I announced a 10 month rescheduling of the project. The IT costs will remain the same although total costs might increase as a result of the extended delivery schedule.

FireLink: The Firelink project is primarily providing a radio system for the Fire and Rescue Service, and contains a small element of IT. Completion of the roll-out is scheduled for April 2010 compared to the previously published completion date of December 2009. The whole life project costs remain on target.

Planning Inspectorate

Charging for Appeals: This project, originally for delivery by April 2009, has been re-planned, and split into two stages. This recognises the time needed for the charging regime to be developed and consulted on. Stage 1 is expected to be complete by October 2009, and stage 2 by April 2010. Costs are increasing by £65,000 as a result.