Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Conservative, Devizes

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People; Minister for the South East), Department for Work and Pensions

The Department realigned its contracts with its major suppliers, EDS and BT, in 2005, which means the Department only pays for the IT services it consumes.

Included within these realigned contracts are obligations on the suppliers to maintain and refresh the IT infrastructure that underpins the delivery of standard services. The costs for all upgrades of hardware and software are, therefore, included within the prices the Department pays for the IT services and not identified separately.

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