House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy of PICT is on (a) the use of open source software and (b) the choice of computer languages used for developing ICT services; and when this policy was last reviewed.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

Parliamentary ICT's objective is to procure or produce IT services and systems which meet business requirements as cost-effectively as possible, in terms of their whole lifecycle and total cost of ownership. Where systems are developed in-house, to meet unique parliamentary needs, open source products are always considered as part of the design process. Several such products are currently in use in Parliament. PICT's bespoke software development is undertaken to open standards using methodologies appropriate to existing technologies, which are selected on grounds of effectiveness, economy, extensibility and the ready availability of the skills required for their operation, support and maintenance.

The director of PICT would be happy to meet the hon. Member to discuss these matters.

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