HC Deb 24 September 2002 vol 390 cc442-3W
Richard Younger-Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the total expenditure of his Department on IT systems and support in each year from May 1997 to date; how many IT contracts have been let in each of those years; of the other main contracting party in each of those contracts, how many have been(a) companies whose registered office is in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Northern Ireland and (b) foreign companies; and what are the names of the companies falling within category (a). [33676]

Hilary Benn

To obtain information on the total Information Technology spend for the years requested would involve disproportionate cost. However, the following information on high value Information Technology Information Systems (IT)/(IS) expenditure is available.

1. Total expenditure (at £10 million and only)

Year Expenditure
1997 23,599,999
1998 25,000,000
1999 29,000,000
2000 25,666,666
2001 66,466,666

The significant increase in expenditure in 2001 was due to the letting of the Sirius contract at £25 million and the letting of a contract to Bull for IT hardware and infrastructure support for over £10 million.

2. Contracts let/year (at £10 million and only)

Year Contracts let
1997 0
1998 1
1999 2
2000 1
2001 2

3. How many suppliers have been registered in:

England and Wales 3
Scotland 0
Northern Ireland 0
Foreign Companies 1

4. What are the names of the suppliers registered in England and Wales: Sirius Consortium (ICL/Global Crossing/PricewaterhouseCoopers CMG Bull/Integris (now Steria))