HC Deb 27 February 2003 vol 400 cc698-9W
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. [99001]

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.

£ million
Contract Costs date Fully functional
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
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

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