Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Justice written question – answered on 12th 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 Justice what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the primary reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have subsequently been (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Details of the IT systems developed since the Ministry of Justice was established in May 2007, together with reasons for the development, implementation date and cost, are listed as follows.

Project name Implementation date Reason for development Total cost
Athena April 2010 Business Change £600,000
Computer Aided Facilities Management November 2009 Operational Benefit £2.1 million
Corporate Staff Rostering December 2009 Operational Benefit £14.1 million
HMPS Replacement Intranet October 2009 Business Change £3.9 million
Manage Interconnect (MINT) December 2009 Infrastructure development £500,000
NOMSnet September 2008 Infrastructure development £5.3 million
NOMSnet2 December 2009 Infrastructure development £1.5 million
OASys 4.2 March 2008 Business Change £8.5 million
OASys Interim Continuity July 2008 Applications Maintenance £600,000
Oracle Discrete Manufacturing March 2009 Business Application £600,000
OMNI Transformation April 2010 Operational Benefit £35.3 million
Perimeter Security December 2008 Operational Benefit £1.1 million
Phoenix January 2009 Shared Service Development £55.5 million
Shared Services Phoenix March 2010 Shared Service Maintenance £1.7 million
Infrastructure Projects
Sharepoint October 2009 Infrastructure £600,000
VISOR May 2008 Business Application £8.1 million
WAN Upgrade January 2009 Infrastructure development £25.7 million

This table includes IT developments costing more than £500,000.

In addition, details follow of the National Offender Management Service's NOMIS programme.

NOMIS Programme, comprising the following projects
System Development reasons Cost of development (up to March 2009) Implemented
C-NOMIS/Prison- NOMIS C-NOMIS: The C- NOMIS project was intended to provide a single interactive record of offenders in England and Wales across the National Probation Service(NPS) and Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS). Prison-NOMIS: The work done on C-NOMIS has been used as the basis of Prison-, NOMIS. To replace the HMPS case management system, Local Inmate Database System (LIDS), with a single enhanced centralised system The total C-NOMIS historic sunk costs(1) up to December 2007 was £160.7 million. This figure included the costs for requirements definition, application development, testing, implementation and infrastructure. At that time, development costs were not separately identified. Prison-NOMIS £34.5 million Implementation of Prison-NOMIS commenced May2009, expected to complete summer 2010
Probation Case Management System To replace a variety of NPS systems with a centralised version based on a redevelopment of Delius £1.3 million Provisional commencement subject to confirmation
Offender Assessment System- Replacement To replace the existing Offender Assessment Systems, used by HMPS and NPS, with an improved, single and centralised system £1.3 million Implementation expected to commence in 2011
Data Share System To enable staff in both organisations to share core information required to support Offender Management £0.5 million Implementation expected to commence in 2010
(1) Includes £15.6 million of expenditure subsequently classified as an "impairment". The £15.6 million relates to the National Audit Office estimate of the costs incurred on the Probation element in C-NOMIS that would not transfer to Prison-NOMIS.

Responsibility for IT systems prior to May 2007 rested in three Departments and it has not been possible to gather information for the earlier years without incurring disproportionate cost. However, available records identify two IT projects, which commenced in the former Department for Constitutional Affairs, which were subsequently terminated. Details are as follows:

(1) In November 2008, following a review by Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) Board, the Electronic Filing and Document Management programme, which included plans for future investment in ICT, was cancelled. The review concluded that the Electronic Filing and Document Management programme was not affordable. The costs incurred by the programme from commencement of the programme in August 2005 to its closure in November 2008 were £5.9 million.

(2) The National Enforcement Tracker System (NETS) project was cancelled in August 2007 following a detailed review which highlighted that the cost and scope of the project no longer provided value for money or met current business requirements. Expenditure to closure of the project was £4.3 million. This sum was reported in accordance with HMT accounting rules.

No other abandoned IT projects have been identified for this period from available records.

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