HL Deb 06 December 2004 vol 667 c28WA
The Earl of Northesk

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8 November (WA 61–62) are consistent with the recent report from the National Audit Office Improving IT Procurement indicating that government departments are bypassing the Gateway Review process. [HL121]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

My Written Answers were consistent with the National Audit Office report.

The Office of Government Commerce welcomes the recommendations made by the NAO and the NAO's confirmation that "the Gateway process is improving the procurement of IT, and that this should increase the likelihood of successful delivery". The NAO noted the risk of projects entering the Gateway process too late or leaving too early which OGC has acknowledged and taken measures to address.

The NAO concluded that structures are in place to minimise the risk of future IT failure and that department and supplier behaviour is changing positively as a result of the OGC's work.