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Departmental ICT

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 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. (320431)

In the last 12 months the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not cancelled prior to completion any information technology projects.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 8 March 2010:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question 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.

In the last 12 months, The Insolvency Service has not cancelled any of the information technology projects it has initiated.

Letter from John Alty, dated 3 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 01 March 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The only information technology project that we have cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months was a pilot to investigate the feasibility of obtaining wider input to the patenting process. The cost up to that point was £142k.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 3 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (formerly the National Weights and Measures Laboratory) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 1st March 2010 [reference 2009/1518 ] to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, asking about information technology projects which have been cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months.

No information technology projects initiated by the National Measurement Office were cancelled prior to completion during this period.

Letter from Gareth Jones:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 1 March 2010, UIN 320431, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has not cancelled any Information Technology projects prior to completion in the last twelve months.