§ Mr. Sayeed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list IT contracts in his Department above £50 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. 
§ Ms Blears
The only information technology contracts let by the Department of Health in the last 10 years in excess of £50 million are confined to centrally funded projects for the national health service.
The Department does not retain centrally, detailed records of when NHS systems became fully debugged and the cost of any over-runs. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Information on the IT contracts for 1993–2002 is shown in the table.699W
£ million Inception Contract Costs date Fully functional 1993–94 — — — — 1995 NHSNet central framework contract with BT and Cable and Wireless 129.6 1995 7–10 year contract. 1996 for BT 1997 for Cable and Wireless 1996–99 — — — — 2000 Clinical Messaging 50.0 2000 7 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2000 2001 Microsoft software enterprise agreement 138.6 2001 3 year contract. This is a software purchase enabling contract Electronic Staff Record 325 2001 10 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2001 2002 NHSNet purchase of additional bandwidth Email and directory services 96.5 2002 5 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2002 Email and directory services 326.2 2002 10 year contract. Scheduled for March 2003