§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2004,Official Report, column 1112W, on the IT Programme, what the total projected cost of the National Programme for Information Technology was for each year when it was announced, including local and central procurement; what the latest available total projected cost is; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hutton
I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave him on 4 March 2004,Official Report, column 1111W, which set out the projected costs of the national programme for information technology (NPfIT) when it was announced in June 2002.
Since that time contracts of up to nine years duration have been awarded under the NpfIT, as shown in the table.
Company Value (£ million) Contract BT 620 National data spine BT 530 National broadband network Atos Origin 64.5 National e-booking service SchlumbergerSema) Accenture 1,099 North East local service provider (LSP) Accenture 934 Eastern LSP BT 996 London LSP CSC 973 North West and West Midlands LSP Fujitsu 986 Southern LSP
Local spend by national health service trusts on IT has been approximately £850 million per year and this level of local investment from the baseline allocation needs to continue to provide adequate resource to support local implementation of the national programme.