HC Deb 06 December 1999 vol 340 cc370-1W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the information technology projects being undertaken by his Department and agencies responsible to his Department, including(a) the start date, (b) the planned completion date, (c) the current expected completion date, (d) the planned cost and (e) the current estimated cost; and if he will make a statement. [99628]

Angela Eagle

The information is not available in the format requested. The information that is available is in the table.

The projects listed are those currently being undertaken by the Department where the IT cost exceeds £5 million. Also listed are lesser value projects with an IT content that are deemed to be critical to the Department's business.

Project Start date Planned completion date Planned cost (£ million)
Payment Modernisation Programme10 21 May 1999 31 December 2005 240
AMS(P) Pensions Forecasting Project 19 January 1999 31 March 2001 20.1
State Second Pension (S2P) 1 December 1999 30 April 2002 25.5
Jobseeker's Allowance—New Deal for Partners of the Unemployed 1 October 1998 1 April 2000 6.4
Strategic Debt Solution Project 1 September 1999 1 October 2000 3.9
IT procurement projects
ACCORD IS/IT Supply Programme (Office and Networks) June 1999 April 2000 750+
Associated projects
ITSA Strategic Outsourcing Project 12 October 1999 2000 6
1 The planned Departmental cost is now £43.2 million. This is within the cost tolerance set by Treasury at +/- 5 per cent. or £1 million.
2 "Site backbone" is the name given to the network components, hardware and software which provide high-speed volume connections between individual elements of the Departmental sites and into the Wide Area Networks linking the sites.
3 Business case not yet approved.
4 While this Department is funding the project, the IT is being provided by the Inland Revenue contract with EDS and their contract with NIRS2.
5 This is also a procurement project.
6 Not yet quantifiable; business case currently under development.
7 Business case not yet approved. Costs likely to be in excess of £50 million
8 Ongoing—end date not known
9 Latest
10 "*" denotes projects with IT cost exceeding £5 million