SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP rose on the floor of the House to back the benefits of a local company that may offer savings on government software.
Mr Metcalfe said: “Proxima, a small software company in my constituency, has the potential to offer real efficiency savings in the use of Government software. Its initial discussions with the Department have been positive, but they have now stalled. Will my right hon. Friend agree to meet me and my constituents to see how we can save the Government millions by better use of their resources?
Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office; Horsham, Conservative)
My hon. Friend has raised an important point, and I will be very glad to meet him to discuss it. There is a huge amount we can do to use IT resources much, much better. Far too often in the past, the Government were reinventing the wheel by buying new systems and not reusing what they had already spent money on. That will now cease.