HC Deb 08 July 2002 vol 388 cc775-6W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate he has made of the cost to the Government of a failure of the Libra project to deliver on its core case management application. [55108]

Yvette Cooper

Delivery of a central part of the contract—the office infrastructure and network—is over 75 per cent. complete and office services are being delivered to over 8,500 magistrates court staff.

There have been delays in delivering the software application. We have been in discussion with Fujitsu Services (formerly ICL) on the impact of the delay and to determine the best way forward for the project. The resolution is expected shortly, and the House will be informed of the outcome.

We remain determined to provide magistrates courts with modern computer equipment and standardised IT software. If Fujitsu Systems failed to deliver the Libra software, it would be necessary to meet the requirement from elsewhere in the market. Costs would be dependent on the market conditions and on negotiations.