Tories to investigate government IT fiascos


Tories to investigate government IT fiascos

Antony Savvas

The Conservative Party is setting up a working group to examine how the Labour government has deployed and managed major IT projects.

The Tories said the establishment of the group is a response to recent IT “fiascos”, including the mismanaged and insecure child tax credit system, and the latest problem seen in the authorities’ failure to put convicted foreign criminals on the police national computer to aid their deportation.

The group is expected to make its findings available to the government within 18 months.

The group will be chaired by Sir Brian Williamson, former chairman of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, and Sir David Lees, chairman of sugar company Tate & Lyle.

Archie Norman, former chief executive of Asda and current Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, will also take part. Other appointments will follow.

Government IT failures are not a recent phenomenon. The Tories themselves oversaw the disastrous roll-out of the Child Support Agency system.

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