Feeds

MoD increased annual IT spending by £240m

Defra outlay up £7m

High performance access to file storage

The Ministry of Defence has revealed that its annual ICT spending rose from £1.15bn in 2007-08 to £1.39bn in 2008-09.

Defence minister Andrew Robathan said in a parliamentary written answer that the costs include both operational and non-operational IT, satellite and telecommunications. It spent £852m in 2008-09, as well as £539m on related private finance initiative (PFI) charges, including the Defence Fixed Telephone Service.

He told Conservative MP Graham Evans on 26 July 2010 that the figures include expenditure by the department, its agencies and advisory non-departmental public bodies it sponsors. In 2007-08, the organisations spent £655m in this area, plus £493m through PFI.

The defence minister published several years of ICT spending, which shows that from £645m in 1997-98 the figure rose towards the end of the 1990s but fell in the early 2000s, with only £527m spent in 2001-02. The 2008-09 figure was the highest recorded.

"The figures do not include expenditure by our trading funds as they lie outside the departmental accounting boundary. Included in expenditure are IT services, telephone line and equipment rental and minor equipment," Robathan said.

Separately, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has also revealed its ICT expenditure, including that of its agencies. According to a parliamentary written answer published on 26 July 2010, it spent £9m in 2006-07, £81.6m in 2007-08, £60.2m in 2008-09 and £67.9m in 2009-10. Defra said the figure for 2006-07 does not include recharges to the Rural Payment Agency for the Genesis IT system.

This article was originally published at Kable.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom
Six studios sling sueballs at dead download destination
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive
When even a prurient island nation thinks an idea is dodgy it has problems
Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit
Scandal hit camera maker just can't shake off its past
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction
Appeals court strikes down landmark sentence
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.