§ Mr. Warren
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the composition of the senior information technology strategy committee in his Department; and how many times in the past year its meetings have been attended by Ministers.
§ Mr. Ridley
The members of the senior level information technology steering group for the Department of the Environment (Central) are:
- Director of Administrative Resources (Chairman)
- Director of Personnel Management and Training
- Director of Housing Monitoring and Analysis
- Deputy Director Building Research Establishment
- Director, East Midlands Regional Office
- Head of Business Efficiency Services
- Head of Directorate of Planning Services Division 1
- Head of Environmental Protection Statistics and Economics Division
- Head of Finance Analysis Central and Taxation Division
- Head of Finance Departmental Services Division
- Head of Finance Local Authority Statistics Division
- Head of IT Strategic Planning Division
- CCTA representative
The chairman of the steering group consults Ministers as appropriate.
Members of the main information technology committee in the Property Services Agency are:
- Principal Establishments Officer (Chairman)
- Principal Finance Officer
- Director of Information Technology
- Director of Home Regional Services
- Director of London Region
- Chief Estates Surveyor
- Director of Defence Services II
- Chairman of Professional Computing Project Board
- Director of CCTA
- Director from Coopers and Lybrand
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary responsible for the Property Services Agency is kept informed of progress, and recently attended a presentation of the information technology strategy while on a visit to the Hastings computer centre.
§ Mr. Warren
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many of the staff in his Department at grades 1, 2 and 3 have attended courses or training on information technology awareness or management in the last 12 months.
§ Mr. Ridley
During the financial year 1987–88, one person at grade 2 and 10 people at grade 3 attended courses or training on information technology awareness or information technology management.
In addition, one person at grade 2 and three people at grade 3 attended management courses which had an information technology component. Also, in PSA regular information technology presentations are made to board members (grades 1, 2 and 3), IT committee members (grade 3) and regional and headquarters directors (grades 3 and 4) to keep them informed of developments.