Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd November 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 Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The information requested is shown in the following table.

IT Systems in development for use within last five years Reason for development of IT Systems How much has been spent on development of IT Systems IT Systems that have been implemented IT Systems terminated prior to implementation IT Systems terminated pos t implementation
National identity Scheme-IPS element Delivery of the Next Generation Passport and ID Services £4.945 billion planned total spend ( including IT Systems, IT enabled Business Transformation and operating costs.) Till 2013. Programme is on Schedule, with implementation phases from end 2009 to 2013. n/a n/a
EPA2 project Upgrade online passport application process in 2006 £10.8 million capital and £1.9 million resource Terminated prior to implementation 6 May 2007. n/a
Interview Office Network IT Systems to support interview of first time passport applicants £13.2 million Planned Total Core IT system called ABIOS. Network Infrastructure to 68 ION offices, integration to existing Passport Processing system n/a n/a
Digitisation of Vital Events Digitisation of General Register Office registration records £8.33 million total project cost Digitisation of approx 50 per cent. of registration records. Project now closed and a new project is being set-up to complete the digitisation work and to deliver an integrated technology suite. Records digitised in the DoVE project are currently being used by GRO for the production of certificates. n/a n/a
Registration On-Line General Register Office System for recording birth, death, civil partnership and marriage registrations-used by GRO and Local Authorities. £17.6 million planned capital and set-up costs (projected through to 2011) The RON system has been rolled-out to all local authorities in England and Wales for civil partnerships, births and deaths. The marriage roll-out will commence in November 2009. n/a n/a
Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals Infrastructure required to implement identity cards for foreign nationals, building on existing systems wherever possible £13.2 million-Planned total ongoing scheme November 2008 n/a n/a
Immigration Casework (ICW) Enable improvements to processing of immigration casework: specifically Improved efficiency Improve quality and consistency of decisions Improve the service provided Implement more flexible IT systems Programme Spend to date: £55 million. The first pilot releases went live on 31 March 2009 and 3 August 2009 (as planned) further releases (three per annum) are planned until 2014-15 n/a n/a
Agreed Programme Spend by end of 2015-16: £370 million.
Points Based System (PBS) PBS is a simplified one-stop migration process for those who wish to work, train or study in the UK. Prospective migrants are judged using objective criteria to ensure consistency. £39.8 million-Planned total to 2010 July 2009, next release is due October 2009. Final release scheduled for February 2010 n/a n/a
e-Borders E-Borders enables the UK Border Agency to check people before they reach the UK.. The planned cost to Government is £1.2 billion between financial years 2007-08 and 2017-18 Project IRIS, a pilot biometric automated barrier entry system for pre-registered passengers at selected ports in the UK was piloted from 20 June 2005 to May 2006. IRIS was transferred to operational business in July 2007. n/a n/a
E-Borders protects the public, improving the security, efficiency and effectiveness of border controls by enabling us to target criminals and illegal immigrants Project Semaphore, an operational prototype for the main e-Borders Programme which was transferred to operational business in April 2008.
The Joint Border Operations Centre (JBOC) went live in January 2005, as the operational hub of Project Semaphore. Responsibility for the operation of the JBOC was transferred to Intelligence and National Operations Command on 1 June 2008, but remains closely aligned to the UK's e-Borders programme. It continues to inform the design and development of e-Borders and to deliver operational benefits to stakeholders.
SBS Programme SBS built on the original ERP implementation programme to further enhance both the functionality and breadth of the Finance, HR and Procurement services in the Home Office for 23,000 users. £35.9 million total project cost till 2011 Expanded and enhanced enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality, implemented in progressive releases between May 2008 and April 2009. n/a n/a
Vetting and Barring Scheme Modifications to the IT systems of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to support the vetting and barring scheme, established by the safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. New casework management systems. £22.8 million capital and set up costs planned over five years £20.3 million operational costs over five years. April 2009 n/a n/a
£15.1 million expenditure to March 2009. Implementation is current and ongoing for these systems
Next Generation IST Transformation Programme (NGISTT) To assist the Home Office Group to deliver its objectives by giving businesses the shared 1ST infrastructure and services they need to work together in the most productive and cost effective way and to safeguard their information assets. Spend to date is £3.12 million. n/a n/a
Planned investment (Extend and Blend) is £86 million. Future programme spend is yet to be determined.

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