(1) what has been the total cost of the business cases which have been rejected for the establishment of an accountability structure on the IMPACT police IT programme; and why the business cases were rejected;
(2) whether there is an accountability structure for the IMPACT police IT programme.
Accountability for the IMPACT programme is vested in the senior responsible owner, a Home Office director who is also chief executive (designate) of the National Policing Improvement Agency. The SRO is accountable to the Secretary of State through the responsible director general and the permanent secretary. He is advised by a steering group on which the main stakeholder interests are represented at a senior level. The programme is governed by a Programme Board chaired by a representative of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The IMPACT programme has produced a number of business cases covering the development of the IMPACT nominal index, which has subsequently been delivered to forces and is proving to be a valuable tool in child protection work; the Cross-Regional Information Sharing Project (CRISP), which is currently in the early stages of a competitive procurement exercise; and the Police National Database (PND), which is due to be delivered in 2010. The Home Office has yet to give approval to the programme to contract for the CRISP service and to initiate procurement of the PND pending further work which is due to be concluded in March 2007.
The cost of producing the business cases cannot be disaggregated from other programme costs without disproportionate cost. The total cost of the IMPACT programme is £31 million in 2005-06, and £45 million (budget) in the current financial year.