NHS IT Programme

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough 12:43 pm, 6th June 2007

My hon. Friend is making a strong case. Is not the real issue that on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis Ministers do not know what they are doing? In May 2006, the Minister advised us that the programme was

"already the focus of regular and routine audit, scrutiny and review."—[ Hansard, 24 May 2006; Vol. 446, c. 1877W.]

In the same month, her colleague, Lord Warner, said that the likely costs of the project would be not £2.3 billion as originally envisaged, but £20 billion. Does that not sum up the Government's mismanagement of the programme?