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Departmental ICT

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on maintaining its computer systems, excluding capital purchases, in the last year for which figures are available. (322279)

External expenditure on application maintenance and support was £66 million in 2008-09.

This maintains and supports all the Departments IT estate, including all the IT systems that support Jobcentre Plus, Pensions Disability and Carers Service and payments systems to provide services to over 20 million people.

The Department ensures the best value for money by contracting for IT standard services by rigorously benchmarking and market testing.