IT failure hits registrars for Births and Deaths

offices across the
UK have been hit by computer failures
affecting the registration of births and deaths. The IT system went live
nationally in mid-March after pilots in half a dozen offices.

The software, supplied by
Mantech, runs on an infrastructure designed by
National Statistics (NS) and installed by Siemens. Problems with
slowness, timing out and seizure have forced NS to abandon the new system.

“We have taken half of
the registration authorities off that system and put them back on to the old
system,” an NS spokesperson told GC News on
May 2007
“It seems to have been a problem of capacity.”

The online system for
recording civil partnerships, introduced in 2005, is working well, according to
the spokesperson. The problems started after births and deaths were added last
year. Facilities to record marriages were to have been added later this year,
but this may have to be reviewed.

In a letter to The Times,
a registrar said that volume testing had clearly been inadequate. Concerns
raised by staff about the reliability of the new system were dismissed, the
registrar said.

concerns centre around the lack of localisation, that the system was never anglicised
and made fit for purpose, with many of the fields still being operative for US only

NS has
previously attracted criticism over its plans to outsource data
processing of births, marriages and deaths to
India. Labour MP John McDonnell issued a
motion calling for the plan to be scrapped because of security concerns. (source)


Lets just give everyone our
databases shall we, but perhaps this government does not want to shore up
government system, or banking systems for that matter either. It could be that they
want breach after breach, theft after theft, to wait until no-one is left with
a shred of identity that they can call their own, leaving people with only a
single option. The Government run ID Card.

Would this NuLab government be that


NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.




About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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