Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Consultancy Contracts

8:00 pm

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Question 391: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the value per Government agency of contracts issued outsourcing IT services for 2010 and 2011; of those contracts issued, the number of sub-contracts and sub-sub-contracts issued as a condition of the original contract issued and if the information will be broken down on a per contract basis per government agency. [18179/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The majority of my Department’s agencies avail of my Department’s IT Shared Service which is currently managed on an outsourced basis by a consortium of Irish SMEs led by IBM Ireland. Expenditure with this Consortium for the outsourced service was €5.7 million in 2010 and €2.1 million to June 2011. During 2010 the IT Shared Service achieved an availability rate of 99.7%. My Department will be going to the market shortly to seek reduced costs for replacement services.

My Department also avails of web hosting services from the Local Government Computer Services Board at a cost of €31,000 in 2010. It is anticipated that the cost for 2011 will be similar.

The Courts Service has a contract with Fujitsu (Ireland) Ltd for outsourced IT services and spent €3.8 million in 2010 and €1.5 million to June 2011.

The Irish Prison Service spent €1.6 million in 2010 and €700,000 year to date in 2011 on ICT support services with Harvey Nash.

It has not been possible to gather all of the information for all of the agencies not on the IT Shared Service in the time allowed but I will write to the Deputy with the information when it becomes available.

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