Government departments show big increases in IT spending

Four government departments saw big increases in...

Four government departments saw big increases in their IT spending in the 2007/08 financial year.

The departments for transport, children, culture and health spent a total of £59.4m on IT upgrades during 2007/08. This compared with £42.2m in 2006-07.

The figures were drawn from parliamentary written questions put down by Conservative MP Michael Ancram.

The Department for Transport increased spending by 48% to £43.9m in 2007-08, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families increased spending by 28% to £9.2m.

The Department of Health's increase was 30% to £4.5m, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport increased its spending by a more modest 4% to £1.9m.

Other government departments were also asked to provide figures by Ancram, but they were either unable to do so or claimed the cost of doing so was "disproportionate".

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