HC Deb 17 July 2001 vol 372 cc160-1W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case the original estimated cost and original estimated completion date, the actual cost and actual completion date and the names of the contractors involved and consultants retained by his Department. [3503]

Mr. Wills

The following table lists the IT contracts that have been let by the Lord Chancellor's Department with a value of more than £500,000, since April 1991. Probity and value for money in contracting for IT projects is ensured through compliance with EC public procurement rules, UK Government domestic procurement policy and best practice guidance, Government accounting rules and National Audit Office requirements.

Original estimated cost Original completion date Actual cost (£) Actual completion date Contractors involved Consultants retained Comments
MASS Testing/Support
£4,900,000 March 1998 3,400,000 April 1997 F1 Group Plc
MASS Training Materials
£1,000,000 March 1996 400,000 December 1996 Admiral Computing Lid.
£319,000,000 July 2013 n/a n/a ICI plc The Libra contract was originally let in December 1998, to run to 2009 with a value of £183 million. An option to extend was taken up and this extension is reported here
SLD (Statute Law Database)
£700,000 August 1993 700,000 Summer 1995 Syntegra Ltd. (previously Secure Information Systems Ltd.) The system was delivered in November 1993. However, it was not formally accepted until summer 1995
CLAT (Criminal Legal Aid Expenditure Monitoring)
£582,250 March 2001 604,591 March 2001 Within the scope of the Department's existing PFI contract with CSL Group Ltd.
ARAMIS (Resource Accounting and Managemnet Information System)—individual services are shown as follows:
£91,400,000 n/a 118,050,000 n/a CSL Group Ltd. A PFI contract for the provision of accounting, financial, HR/payroll and management information services. It was awarded in December 1997 and runs until January 2007. The services have IT elements and are delivered using a corporate IT infrastructure provided through the contract. However, the IT elements of the contract are not separated out from the main business functions
New Accounting Service
n/a July 1998 n/a July 1998
New HR Service
n/a March 1999 n/a March 1999
New Purchasing Service g Service
n/a April 1999 n/a October 1999

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