Electronic Government

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what the take-up rate has been of Government Connect by local authorities;

(2) what use her Department is making of Government Connect to share and transfer data with and to local authorities.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

Currently we have placed orders with Cable and Wireless for 111 connections for the Government Connect Secure Infrastructure (GCSx). This will provide GCSx services to 155 local authorities. This represents a local authority take-up of 35 per cent. across England and Wales. In due course we plan to connect to all local authorities.

The initial piloting work between Government and local authorities is on housing benefits (lead by DWP). We expect the work to provide valuable lessons for further cross-government development of Government Connect.

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