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Police: Shared Intelligence System

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29 November (WA 63), what discussions they have had with current providers of intelligence systems regarding the delivery of shared police intelligence; and what plans they have for further such consultation; and [HL1435]

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29 November (WA 63), what assessment they have made of the availability of system providers able to provide the systems necessary for the police national database at a lower cost and shorter timescale than was previously budgeted for; and whether they will review the deadline and budget for the database in the light of this assessment; and [HL1436]

Whether they are aware that the British Transport Police already shares intelligence with 14 organisations including 12 police forces; and whether they have considered expanding their shared intelligence system to meet the recommendations of the Bichard inquiry report.[HL1437]

The IMPACT programme has engaged regularly with potential providers of systems for sharing information between police forces and with partner agencies. This includes firms that have provided intelligence systems. The programme is currently in competitive dialogue under the EU procurement procedures with six suppliers which have been shortlisted for hosting and supporting the IMPACT CRISP solution. The programme plans to hold informal discussions with a selection of potential suppliers of the police national database (PND) in March.

In consultation with a wide range of serving police officers, the programme has been developing a comprehensive, business-led requirements specification for the PND and plans, subject to approval of the project business case, to tender for suppliers under the EU procurement rules. The procurement process will identify the supplier capable of providing best value for money in delivering the PND. The programme is currently reviewing the scope for delivering the PND services incrementally and according to prioritisation criteria in order to deliver functionality as early as possible. The forthcoming engagements with suppliers will allow us to review budget estimates and procurement timescales. We are not aware of any systems currently in operation which would meet the full functional specifications of the PND. However, the specification for the PND will take full account of the need to re-use existing products and services to the greatest extent, consistent with meeting the specification and delivering value for money.

The British Transport Police is a member of the joint operational authority established by the IMPACT programme to bring together police forces and other relevant agencies outside the police service in England and Wales, which have an interest in the programme. By the end of March this year the British Transport Police will have access to the IMPACT Nominal Index (INI), giving it access to the names index of 44 million police records provided by the INI and contributing some 800,000 items of data from its own systems. This will assist both the BTP and UK police forces in their work to protect vulnerable children and in investigating serious crime.