HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc30-1W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's procurement policy with regard to offshore IT and call centre outsourcing; whether his Department is outsourcing IT and call centre jobs to offshore companies; to which countries his Department has outsourced these jobs; how much his Department has spent on this outsourcing in each of the last two years; and how much has been budgeted for this purpose for the next two years. [147578]

Yvette Cooper

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister procures IT in line with Government procurement policy, having due regard to propriety and regularity and the need to comply with the requirements of the EU Treaty, including the principle of non-discrimination, the EC procurement directives and the UK's international obligations.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has two outsourced IT contracts, totalling £10.7 million, neither of which is with an offshore company. Of these, one is a Department for Transport contract providing joint services to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the other is the sole responsibility of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. These contracts were let with: LogicaCMG for the provision of the corporate payroll service for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Transport; and Fujitsu for the provision of IT infrastructure and desktop services for the Government Office Network.