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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Treasury), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Gateway reports, including the findings and status, are conducted on a confidential basis for Senior Responsible Owners (SRO) and are not therefore, made available.

The information in the table provides a list of the Gateway reviews undertaken on the Department's projects over the last four years:

Name of review
2004-05 HR IS/IT Modernisation
Euro Programme
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)—Corporate Information Project
Review of Office Services
Customer Management System
Civil Partnerships Registration
Pensions Organisation Project
Inherited State Earnings-related Pensions System
State Pension Deferrals
Resource Management System
Debt Management Programme
Universal Banking Programme
Electronic Registered Files
Incapacity Benefit Reforms—Extension to Existing Customers
HR IS/IT Modernisation
(HR) Service Delivery Model
Staff Information System
The Pensions Regulator Programme
Medical Provision Procurement Project
Records Storage Project
HOUSE—Electronic Document Records Management (EDRM)
Jobcentre Plus Implementation
Benefit Processing Re-engineering Programme/Watch 3
2005-06 Pensions Transformation Programme (PTP)
DWP IT Transformation Programme
Payment Modernisation Programme
HSE—HR Service Transformation (HRST)
Corporate Integration Backbone
Staff Information System—Phase 2
IT Information Flows in Local Authorities
Centralisation of Benefit Processing
New Deal for Disabled People Successor
Employee Services
Child Support Reforms Business Transformation
HSE—Corporate Information Project
Disability and Carers Service (DCS) Change Programme
Provider-Led Pathways To Work
Electronic Registered Files
Employee Services
The Pensions Regulator Programme
HSE—HRST
HSE—EDRM
BPRP/Watch 2
Universal Banking
Central Payment System
HSE—FIT3 Programme
Employee Services
Debt Management Programme
Multi-Functional Server Replacement
DWP Vehicle Procurement Project
Jobcentre Plus Implementation
Centralisation of Benefits Processing
2006-07 DCS Change Programme
DWP IT Transformation Programme
Review of Office Services
HSE—HRST
Pensions Transformation Programme
The Pensions Regulator Programme
Review of Office Services
HSE—EDRM
ID Cards
HR IS/IT Modernisation Programme
Review of Head Office Estate
HSE—HRST
Employment Support Allowance
Document Repository Service
Provider-Led Pathways To Work
Resource Management System
CSA Operational Improvement Plan
Review of Office Services
Contracted Employment Projects (CEPP)
Central Payments System
2007-08 Review of Head Office Estate
Child Maintenance Re-design
Centralisation of Benefit Processing
HSE—FITS Programme
Enabling Savings Programme
Employment Support Allowance
Document Repository Service
Provider-Led Pathways to Work
DWP Change Programme
Customer Information System r4
Method of Payment Reform Programme
Child Maintenance Redesign
Provider-Led Pathways to Work
Pensions Transformation Programme
HSE—How and Where We Work
DCS Change Programme
Employment Support Allowance
The Pensions Regulator
HSE—Universal Work Recording
Provider-Led Pathways to Work
HR IS/IT Modernisation Programme
Pensions Reform Delivery Programme
Flexible New Deal
2008-09 Enhanced Transmission Service Enhancements

A key principle of Gateway is that they are cost neutral. However, where there is a shortfall in civil service Gateway reviewers, suitably accredited external resource may be used. While the Department is unable to identify the individual costs for each review undertaken, as this information is not specifically recorded, we have spent the following on Gateway reviews.

Spend on Gateway( TM ) Reviews (£)
2004-05 192,802.16
2005-06 119,102.58
2006-07 227,198.57
2007-08 130,850.28

The Secretary of State is fully supportive of the Gateway Review Process, which is applied to all major programmes and projects within the Department. The Process is firmly embedded into the Department's governance regime and Gateway reviews are used as an integral part of the overall Assurance provision within the Department. Feedback from Senior Responsible Owners (for whom the reports are written) and project teams is that overwhelmingly they are extremely useful in helping the projects deliver their intended outcomes.

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