HC Deb 27 January 2004 vol 417 c299W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list information technology contracts in her Department with a value of above £20 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. [146202]

Mr. Timms

The Department has directly let one IT contract with a lifetime value of more than £20 million in the last 10 years. This is the ELGAR PFI contract for the provision of IT desktop, application support and development, and business re-engineering services. The contract was awarded on 27 November 1998 and the initial desk top service became operational on 31 March 1999, as planned. System Acceptance testing of the new desk top service was completed on 30 November 1999, and the system became fully functional on 31 March 2000. Following user acceptance testing, the system was accepted by the Department and the system was fully debugged by 15 July 2000. There were no additional costs to the Department for over-runs on this migration.

A Service for the provision of Electronic Records Management was also supplied under the ELGAR contract. The inception date for this was 30 March 2001, the system became fully functional on 30 November 2001 and it was fully debugged by 30 April 2002. There was no overun on costs.