Letter to the Clerk of the Sub-committee
from Mr Graham Wallace, Chief Executive, Cable and Wireless plc
Thank you for your letter of 25 October inviting
Cable & Wireless to contribute to the Treasury Sub-committee
OGC Review. Although I make some general observations below, Cable
& Wireless are not in any position to provide evidence on
OGC's role in PFI projects since we have no direct experience
of them, nor its progress on delivering value for money improvements.
Peter Gershon initiated regular meetings with
the senior management of Government's main supplies. Thus he and
I meet on a regular basis to discuss both OGC's and Cable &
Wireless strategy and general features of the climate in the industry.
I find these meetings valuable in aiding our understanding of
OGC's role and direction and how industry can play its part in
the value for money objectives.
OGC is undoubtedly tackling some of the bigger
issues in Public Sector purchasing. The initiative to increase
the successful management and implementation of major IS projects
is of great importance and one in which Cable & Wireless is
participating. Nevertheless, these will take time to implement
and the Gateway Review process, for example, is an essential first
At an organisational level we find examples
where the relationship between some of the OGC functions is unclear,
especially where functions have been separated and moved across
organisation boundaries. This is particularly noticeable between
what was (part of) CCTA and the e-Envoy's Office. This will undoubtedly
OGC has set itself ambitious but realistic objectives.
We see progress in the early phases and await to see how the change
process is embedded in the wider Government community.
12 November 2001