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Departmental ICT

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost has been of the Heavy Hitter Programme Delivery Director service deployed in his Department; on which IT projects each consultant contracted under that service worked; and what payments have been made to each such consultant for work undertaken in connection with the programme. (318111)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has not deployed a Heavy Hitter service. Senior ICT appointments within the Ministry are agreed by the Chief Information Officer in conjunction with other senior management, as appropriate.

The Ministry was established in May 2007 and prior to that responsibility for information technology rested with the predecessor Departments, including the Department for Constitutional Affairs, parts of the Home Office, and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. In October 2005 an appointment was made (by the Home Office) under the Heavy Hitter service to the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Youth Justice Board (YJB), now an MoJ sponsored NDPB. The individual continued in the CIO role until November 2009 and since then has supported work to identify how information management flows can improve efficiency and public safety in the adult criminal justice system. The YJB (as employer) ends the contract on 31 March 2010.

The costs incurred over the period October 2005 to March 2010, are £1,436,344.60. This includes agency fees, VAT and work related expenses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. (320423)

There have been no information technology projects cancelled prior to completion within the last 12 months.