§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list each major new computer system that(a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost. 
§ Mr. Fatchett
Most of my Department's new computer systems are delivered in stages in the UK and at offices overseas. With one recent exception, there is therefore no single commissioning date. The table shows major new systems whose delivery began after 1 April 1993. Other expenditure on communications equipment and information technology is excluded.
Major new FCO computer systems purchased since 1 April 1993 Description Capital cost Commissioning date Initial 1 (£ million) Final 2 (£ million) Planned Actual Financial and management accounting system (UK only) 7.15 7.60 April 1996 April 1996
Major new FCO computer systems purchased since 1 April 1993 Description Capital cost Commissioning date Initial1 (£ million) Final2 (£ million) Planned Actual Replacement office automation system for posts overseas 11.91 311.91 n/a n/a
Major new FCO computer systems for purchase in financial year 1998–99 Description Estimated capital cost (£ million) Continuing replacement office automation system for FCO and Posts overseas 23.0
1 Estimated at time of project initiation.
2 Actual on completion of project.
3Estimated: project not due for completion until December 1998.