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Government's basic mistake in report on £7bn IT scheme

The government has declined to comment on a basic mistake it has made in an official report on a £7bn defence IT project.

A "Treasury Minutes" report - which forms the Government's response to criticisms by the Public Accounts Committee on the DII - mistakenly attributes the DII project to the Ministry of Justice. The project has nothing to do with the Ministry of Justice: it is run by the Ministry of Defence.

The mistake came in the government's formal reply to Parliamentary criticisms of the £7bn Defence Information Infrastructure [DII].

The prominence of the mistake in the report on the DII suggests that the government might have been relaxed in fact-checking the document. On the first main page of the report it says, "First Report - Ministry of Justice - Defence Information Infrastructure".

Computer Weekly has asked two Treasury officials at separate times this week whether the error in the Treasury report raises legitimate concerns about whether other information in the document is accurate. The report is generally reassuring about progress on the DII, although the project is running 18 months behind schedule.

Neither official made any comment.

The Public Accounts Committee had raised questions about how well the Ministry of Defence was in control of the DII. The project is run by Atlas, a consortium led by EDS.

The flawed Treasury minutes on the Defence Information Infrastructure project >>

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