Departmental ICT

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12 October 2009.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (i) implemented, (ii) terminated prior to implementation and (iii) terminated following implementation.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills IT infrastructure systems are provided via long standing agreements with Fujitsu Services and cover desktop services, web infrastructure services and in some cases other business applications, which are charged for as part of the overall, bundled, service charge.

In the last five years the following systems have, however, been developed from scratch and the details requested are provided:

Flexible Computing

Reason for development: Provision of secure remote access services via Blackberries and mobile laptops

Development costs: £4.9 million


Reason for development: Provision of a correspondence handling system

Development cost: £1.9 million


Reason for development: Upgrade to the Department's existing electronic document management system, (itself over five years old)

Development cost: £104,000


Reason for development: Provision of a range of electronic export control services

Development cost: £2.6 million

In all cases all systems were fully implemented and remain fully operational.

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