Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she launched the tender process for the Development Collaborative Business Project portal for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit; when the tender process closed; how many bids were received; what criteria she used for assessing bids; and how many bids met the minimum criteria.
Damian Green (Minister of State (Immigration), Home Office; Ashford, Conservative)
This project modernises the submission of applications to the Animals in Science Regulation Unit for customers external to the Home Office.
Previous attempts at modernising had proved unsuccessful due to difficulties in finding a suitable and cost-effective IT application. In October 2010, a system was identified in the UK Border Agency that was already in use for communicating with parties external to the organisation, the Collaborative Business Portal (CBP).The CBP had been in use for eight years and contractual arrangements were in place with the supplier, Fincore Ltd. The strategic approach to IT acquisition within the Home Office requires that we look to re-use existing applications and infrastructure before entering into complex, lengthy and expensive procurement exercises. Therefore no procurement exercise was necessary.