Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Software

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 28 February 2024.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Paymaster General

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much funding her Department and the predecessor Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

The accounting systems track IT spend, but do not capture the level of detail to readily identify spend on Infrastructure or legacy systems. Determination of legacy IT will require more work, the Legacy Risk Assessment will be prepared and submitted to Cabinet by the end of the current Financial year. Currently, within our centrally managed Digital function, there is no legacy IT of any material size or value so spend in the last 3 years for legacy software patching would be zero.

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