Last summer's crisis has been costed at £12.6 million in a reportyesterday produced with unprecedented speed by the NAO.A spokesman said David Davis, Chairman of the Commons Public AccountsCommittee, and Auditor General Sir John Bourne were anxious to strike while the iron is hot.The committee will cross examine the Passport Agency, the Home Office and ITservices company Siemens on November 3rd.Coopers reported in 1989 on the implementation of the agency's previouscomputerisation, which had to be halted when its operation in Glasgowand then Liverpool lead to losses in productivity.They criticised rushing ahead with implementation in Liverpool beforeresolving problems in Glasgow, laying down the general principle 'that asystem be implemented in one location and all problems resolved beforethe system is replicated elsewhere.'Coopers added then: 'We were surprised that more adequate contingencyarrangements were not available.'MPs on the committee are expected to be scathing in their criticism of thefailure to learn previous lessons - the new computerisation was rolledout in Newport despite throughput in Liverpool reaching just 6,200passports a week against a target of 30,000.
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