PAC is taking evidence on the Emergency Services Network (ESN) from the Home Office Permanent Secretary and other officials today at 2.30pm.
A PAC report in January 2017 concluded that the ESN programme was high-risk with a timetable unlikely to be met. The NAO’s 2019 report found that implementing ESN is now expected to cost £9.3 billion to 2037, an increase of £3.1 billion (49%) from the 2015 business case.
The ESN is the Government’s preferred option to replace the Airwave system as a means of the emergency services communicating between control rooms and the field.
The Committee will have the chance to follow-up on the progress being made with the programme implementation as well as explore concerns over technology and commercial risks and affordability.
Wednesday 22 May 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
- Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Home Office
- Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, Home Office
- Stephen Webb, Senior Responsible Owner, Emergency Services Network, Home Office
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