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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation. (290578)

IT Systems developed specifically for use in Communities and Local Government in the last five years are set out in the following table. None of such systems were terminated prior to implementation.

System

Reason for development

Development cost (£000)

Implemented

Terminated following implementation

Data Interchange Hub

The Data Interchange Hub was developed to provide a secure online repository for government organisations, local authorities and inspectorates to deposit and/or access national indicator data from a single location.

1,442

Yes

No

Data Interchange Hub—Government Office National Indicator Tool

The Places Analysis Tool (PAT) is an intuitive web-based tool for Local Area Agreement (LAA) partners to access and analyse data forming the National Indicators (NIs) alongside agreed local targets.

376

Yes

No

Floor Target Interactive (linked to Places Database)

Floor Targets Interactive is a website that allows users to find and analyse data which is used to measure the performance of different places with respect to key government targets called Floor Targets. This site is intended to service both users in government and academia, and the wider public audience.

297

Yes

No

Places Database and State of the Cities

To bring together data with a spatial element to ensure analysts and policy makers have the relevant evidence base to support policy decisions around the concept of Place.

1,117 1(277)

Yes

No

National Register of Social Housing (NROSH)

To provide property level information on all social housing in England and Wales, and to help local, regional authorities and housing associations improve strategies and investment planning.

2,500

Yes

No

TESA

TESA (Transactional ERDF and State Aid) system was developed to manage the 2000-06 ERDF Programme.

1,800

Yes

No

MCIS

MCIS (Management Control Information System) was developed to manage the 2007-13 ERDF Programme.

1,600

Yes

No

Fire and Rescue Services (FRS)—Incident Recording System

A new system of recording details of incidents attended by FRS. The web-based Incident Recording System (IRS) is a great advance as it replaces paper form reporting, thus delivering substantial efficiencies in data capture. The system also results in richer, timelier and higher quality data, which will improve the evidence base for policy and on the ground service by the FRS.

3,639

Yes

No

1 Costs for enhancement.