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Civil Service Salaries

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual increase in gross salary was for the year 2003–04 for (a) staff below the Senior Civil Service and (b) the Senior Civil Service in her Department. [208109]

Derek Twigg: In my Department, the average annual increase in gross salary for the year 2003–04 for staff below the Senior Civil Service was £988 (3.42 per cent.) 1 . For the Senior Civil Service, the average annual increase was £2,624 (3,59 per cent.).


Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 3 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Paul Jackson. [209860]

Derek Twigg: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State replied to the right hon. Member's letter dated 7 December on 14 January.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile telephones and (f) televisions. [206674]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information for my Department is as follows:

Financial yearElectricityWaterGasTelephonesMobile phonesTelevisions

(16)—=This information is not held centrally and it would require a departmental trawl, at disproportionate cost.

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Electronic Devices

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type. [207674]

Derek Twigg: The number of electronic devices owned by the Department for Education and Skills by type is:
Mobile phones1,140
Personal computers6,013
Laptop computers2,351
File servers651

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IT Projects

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list her Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of over-run and (d) time of over-run. [205784]

Derek Twigg: Due to disproportionate costs, it is not possible to provide a full list for all years from 1997 and nor can I include every project with a significant IT element. I have included a list of the Department's internal IT projects from 1999–2000 onwards at Annex 1 and a list of internet customer portal projects at Annex 2.
Annex 1

ProjectPurposeLaunch dateAmount spent (£000)OverrunOverrun cost
Inter-site network improvementsTo modernise communication links between DfES HQ buildings for use by computer systems.Due by
March 2005
CHSIT system to support a Government requirement for dealing with all correspondence within agreed targets.May 2000664NoneNil
DIASProtection of DfES computer systems by the establishment of a discrete development and testing environment for 3rd party suppliers.March 2004317NoneNil
Dual Data CentreIntroduction of disaster recovery facilities for key departmental computer systems.March 20043,9403 monthsNil
EDRMSIT system to support a Government requirement for efficient document and record management and compliance with Freedom of Information ActOngoing4,500On
Electronic BoardroomsPresentation equipment installed in all Df ES conference suites.June 2001337NoneNil
Email system improvementsModernisation of the DfES internal email systemNovember
5251 monthNil
InternetGiving DfES staff and computer systems access to important Internet based research and information servicesMarch 2000140NoneNil
IntranetDelivering an internal Intranet service for DfES staff to improve communications and information sharing and ongoing improvementsOngoing176NoneNil
Internal data networksTo improve computer networks and cabling infrastructure within DfES HQ sitesJune 20041,019NoneNil
Legacy SystemsModernisation of key departmental information systems to ensure their continued viability.March 2004435NoneNil
Machinery of GovernmentTransfer of key information systems to DfES as a result of changes in ministerial responsibilitiesMarch 2004840NoneNil
PCTVIntroduction of an internal TV communications medium for DfES.March 2000150NoneNil
Remote WorkingIntroduction of flexible home working facilities for DfES staff and the provision of laptops for key workersAugust 20008802 monthsNil
Remote Working enhancementsIntroduction of broadband facilities for home working.March 2005415On-timeNil
Services ZoneImproving internal efficiency by providing online access to the booking and use of DfES corporate servicesOctober 2004520NoneNil
Video conferencingModernisation of DfES videoconferencing network enabling reduced costs due to less need to travelApril 200419982 monthsNil
Y2KEnsuring the Year 2000 compliance of all DfES information systemsDecember

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Annex 2—Customer portal projects(£000)

Portal projectPurpose2002–032003–04Spend at launch
HE studentsTo bring together in one place all relevant information and services to enable students to make effective choices and decisions.14070210
School governorsTo bring together information that a new, experienced or prospective School Governor would need to carry out their role.280280
Young peopleTo provide young people with a wide range of impartial,
user-friendly information from across the public and voluntary sectors.
ParentsTo provide information and services to encourage the engagement of parents and carers in supporting their child's education.185185
EmployersTo improve employer engagement by providing information that helps employers make better informed decisions about developing their workforce.156156
TeachersTo provide information and services that help teaching staff make best use of their time280280
Adult learnersTo provide information and services that encourage greater participation in lifelong learning.200200

School Computers

Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Stoke on Trent in each year since 1997. [209909]

Derek Twigg: I refer my hon. Friend to "Funding for ICT in Schools in England" which is available in the House Library.

Stolen Property

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the property belonging to her Department that has been (a) stolen and (b) reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type of article. [206372]

Derek Twigg: The following table details the equipment belonging to the Department for Education and Skills reported as stolen and lost in each year since 1 May 1997 along with the approximate value of the stolen equipment.
DescriptionNumber of itemsApproximate value per item (£)Total approximate value (£)
Financial year 1997–98
Laptop PC51,0005,000
PC chips4125500
PC hard drive1900900
IT kit131,03513,455
Power drill2145290
CCTV camera11,0001,000
Mobile phone1200200
Financial year 1998–99
Laptop PC71,0007,000
Palmtop PC1250250
PC chipsFrom 205 PCs423.5786,831
Financial year 1999–2000
Laptop PC51,0005,000
Palmtop PC1250250
PC processing unit21,0002,000
Mobile phone16060
Financial year 2000–01
Laptop PC21,0002,000
Palm Pilot PC1300300
Nokia WAP phone1200200
Mobile phone and charger1100100
Financial year 2001–02
Laptop PC31,0003,000
Mobile phone2100200
Video phone1200200
Phone charger12525
Financial year 2002–03
Mobile phone4102.50410
Digital camera1200200
Financial year 2003–04
PC chips94302,820
Data projector22,7605,520
Laptop PC81,326.5810,612.64
Mobile phone791.43640
Digital voice recorder1100100
PC carrying case13030
Wall clock155
Desk phone1113.40113.40
Financial year 2004–05
Laptop PC41,326.585,306
Palmtop PDA PC1350350
Scanner cable12020
Wireless router1100100
Digital camera1300300
Mobile phone633.34200

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