By Tony Collins
On Thursday the Public Administration Select Committee will publish “Government and IT— a recipe for rip-offs: time for a new approach”.
The report is the culmination of months of investigation by the Committee and its advisers into the way government buys and uses IT.
The Committee’s witnesses included representatives of SMEs who suggested that government IT is dominated by a few large suppliers that charge too much and suppress innovation.
One of the SME representatives, Martin Rice, said the IT industry should apologise. He told the Committee: “I think the IT industry should publicly apologise to the citizen for the rip-offs of the last 10 or 20 years.”
“We are reinventing the wheel and it should not be allowed. As a taxpayer, I am very angry about this … A lot of these problems have been solved; they are not being brought to the Government because of the oligarchy. It is not in a profitable interest to bring you these paradigms. That is why I feel the oligarchy has to stop…”