Government: IT

House of Lords written question – answered at on 24 February 2009.

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Photo of Lord Steinberg Lord Steinberg Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of their information technology projects are experiencing difficulties; and why 45 projects are considered by the Office of Government Commerce to be unachievable.

Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Of 2007 OGC Gateway reviews completed to date, 964 were categorised as having been carried out on IT enabled projects.

Since the introduction of delivery confidence in June 2008, four projects have received a single red delivery confidence rating, indicating that successful delivery of the project, as currently constituted and defined, appears to be unachievable and that the project may need re-baselining and/or its overall viability reassessed. The Gateway report contains recommendations which, if adopted, should help the project to improve its potential for success.

Prior to June 2008, 41 projects received a consecutive red review, indicating that at the time of the review one or more of the recommendations, contained within a review report, needed to be carried out urgently. The red status was not a reflection of the overall status of the project and did not necessarily mean that the Office of Government Commerce considered the projects to be unachievable.

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