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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to page 204 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 442, which information technology project was terminated; what the purpose was of that project; for what reasons that projects was terminated; and what her latest estimate is of the cost to the public purse of that project. (290919)

The section of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09 referred to relates to the SCOPE Programme.

With regards to the purpose of the SCOPE Programme and the reasons for the termination of the SCOPE Phase 2 supply contract, I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 41WS.

In respect of information requested concerning the costs associated with the programme, I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member for Westbury (Dr. Murrison) on 20 March 2009, Official Report, column 1358W.