Departmental ICT

Transport written question – answered on 28th October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Conservative, Devizes

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

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The total spend for the Department for Transport and its agencies on upgrading its IT in each of the last three years is as follows:

£000
2005-06 28,351
2006-07 29,718
2007-08 43,861

VOSA is unable to identify separately the IT upgrade costs from the monthly charge that they make to Atos Origin, which manages its IT service.

Due to limitations in GCDA's the Government Car and Despatch Agency accountancy system, it cannot provide the complete breakdown within their costs. The costs do however include hardware and software upgrading costs.

The Driving Standards Agency DSA changed its accounting system in April 2007 and this has resulted in changes to the coding system. This may lead to inconsistencies between the information reported for 2007-08 compared to previous years, however the costs of confirming this is disproportionate.

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