Ministry of Justice: ICT

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord Keen of Elie (HL Deb, col 706) and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice (HC Deb, col 248) on 23 January, whether there are penalty clauses in the contractual arrangements with their IT system supplier; and if so, what are the effects of such clauses.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

There are penalty clauses within the contract in question, these penalties are financial and are based on contractually agreed performance criteria.

Dependent on the nature of the incident or contractual breach, additional commercial remedies exist, these include rights of step-in or termination.

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