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.
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:
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.