Departments: ICT

Transport written question – answered on 14th May 2007.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of the five largest information technology contracts agreed by his Department with outside suppliers over the last five years.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

A table showing the five largest information technology contracts agreed by the Department over the last five years has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Top five IT contracts in the Department for Transport over the last five years
Date awarded/commencement date Title/Nature of work Awarded by Supplier Original estimate (£ million ) Outturn cost (if complete) (£ million ) Most recent estimate (if ongoing) (£ million )
12 September 2002 Partners Achieving Change Together(1) DVLA IBM 287.30 n/a 437.00
May 2002 Business Services and Operational Network Management VOSA Various(2) 346.60 n/a 430.80
20 December 2002 Transport Direct Website DfT(c) Atos Origin 14.90 n/a 34.60
1 January 2005 Provision of information services Driving Standards Agency Capita 22.00 n/a 22.00
22 May 2003 Supply of smart cards for digital tachograph equipment DVLA Security Printing and Systems Ltd 12.00 n/a 15.90
(1) Set up and transition costs have been excluded from the above figures.

(2) Overall cost of all ICT services due to issues of commercial confidentiality.


The original estimate excludes indexation.

The figures are provided on a resource basis (not cash basis).

Support for new systems has been added (subject to change control) which has added to this baseline. Indexation has also been added each year. This explains the difference between the original estimate and the outturn.

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