Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:
“I have written to Justice Minister David Ford asking a number of questions about the NI Courts and Tribunals Service IT system. I understand that the Service recently transferred responsibility for all its IT systems from Fujitsu to the civil service IT Assist provider.
“For some reason the NI Courts and Tribunals Service has seen fit to replace every single computer monitor at every location on its estate in Northern Ireland by a brand new monitor as part of this transition process. I have asked Minister Ford to advise me of the cost of same.
“Further, I have invited him to comment on three specific aspects.
“Firstly – is it the case that the current monitors being replaced are 100% adequate and do not need replaced – they are flat screen LCD monitors with many years life left in them? Secondly – is it correct that the old monitors will be dumped? Thirdly – are new monitors being installed in courthouses in respect of whose closure the Minister has recently consulted?
“Surely this is a saga of outrageous waste of tens of thousands of pounds at a time when the Minister regularly remind us of the squeeze within his budget.”