Following Else's contribution on this and others replies, I wrote to my MP
seeking his help and asking questions about the Siemens contract, value for
money, failure to deliver a much needed project etc etc
He contacted the Home Sec'y who delegated to David Buckley, Executive
Director, General Register Office, Identity and Passport Service!!!!!!!
He understands the disappointment widely shared in the genealogical
community that the Siemens contact has ended in advance of the completion of
the digitisation contract. He said, "It would be inappropriate to reveal
the details of the contract discussions but IPS is only committed to paying
for those records that have been processed successfully. " That might be
some consolation depending upon whether the contract was by the hour or by
David Buckley continues, "IPS remain fully committed to the completion of
the digitisation of these records but there is an acknowledgement that it is
important that the cost and scope of any new or extension of an existing IT
project should be well understood before they commence .. Commencement
should if necessary be delayed in order to achieve the requirements so that
value for money can be assured . The IPS board are considering the best way
forward for the digitisation project."
In other words, a polite brush off explanation but no action plan - not even
a date for the IPS board review. It also sounds to me like Civil Service
speak for "it won't go ahead because of cost." Perhaps the more Members
who ask their MP's to take up the cudgels, the sooner our community will be
taken seriously and the sooner the project might be restarted.