HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 cc278-9W
Mr. O'Neill

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated date on which the Mapper system is expected to be operational; what requirements it is expected to fulfil when it is fully operational; and what is its total estimated cost.

Mr. Sainsbury

The Mapper system, also known as the United Kingdom land forces automated management information system (AMIS), provides information technology facilities to the HQ UKLF linking with nine District Headquarters and other key agencies, including the HQ BAOR and the MOD, to assist in the planning and execution of operations during the transition to war and on peacetime exercises. The system also provides an electronic mail, word processing and management information facility.

The system was first installed in mid-1985 and is continually being enhanced and expanded to meet the evolving HQ UKLF requirement for better command and control in the UKLF theatre, in support of home defence and NATO reinforcement.

Total procurement costs to date for the installation and subsequent enhancements and expansions of the system have been in the order of £9 million.