§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what computer systems his Department have brought in, for what function, and at what cost for each of the last five years; and in each case if the computer system is still in use.
§ Mr. David Davis
My department has no computer systems which are common to the whole of OPSS and its associated agencies. Networked office automation systems are, however, widely implemented across the Department. Costs for these systems, for the last five years, are as follows:
£ million 1989–90 0.9 1990–91 1.9 1991–92 2.3 1992–93 3.0 1993–94 1.2
The figures above incorporate the total IT systems expenditure by OPSS Agencies. The cost of systems to support more specific business functions in the agencies, such as recruitment, training, financial management and payroll are therefore included.
Approximate figures for the Central Office of Information are:29W
£ 1989–90 464,000 1990–91 411,000 1991–92 95,000 1992–93 110,000 1993–94 79,000
All of the above systems are still in use, although many have been upgraded and enhanced during the period in question.
Costs for information technology systems for HMSO are not readily available because of the decentralised nature of their operations.