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Departmental ICT

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what IT projects are being undertaken by (a) the Coal Authority, (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (c) the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (d) the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (e) the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, (f) the Renewables Advisory Board, (g) the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee, (h) the Committee on Climate Change, (i) the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and (j) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; what the most recent estimate of the cost of each project is; and what the projected completion date of each is. (289872)

No IT projects are currently being undertaken by the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, the Renewables Advisory Board, the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee and the Committee on Climate Change.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for 19 sites formally owned by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. The NDA currently spends approximately £58 million a year on IT across its estate, through a mixture of in house and contracted services. The NDA has recently initiated a collaborative project across its estate to tender the provision of IT services across the NDA estate. New contractual arrangements are expected to be in place by 31 March 2011.

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management is currently developing and maintaining a website. Development should be completed by January 2010. Its budget can be viewed at:

http://www.corwm.org.uk/PagesPlenary%20Meetings/2589%20%20April%20Budget%20Report%20Final.pdf

The Coal Authority has commenced work on one major IT project named "Inferis" with a value of £6.5 million. The project is due to be completed by May 2011.

Ofgem is currently undertaking the following IT projects:

Project title

Completion date

Estimated cost (£)

Markets Electricity Database

1 March 2010

155,695

Networks Database

1 April 2010

143,397

Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

1 January 2010

46,000

Community Energy Savings Programme

1 April 2010

1,025,000

Project Feed-In Tariffs

1 April 2010

700,000

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has lead responsibility for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. UKAEA currently has no major IT projects under way.