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Minister says no disruptions from winding-up of UKCloud

Jeremy Quin
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No public sector organisations have suffered service disruptions from having to migrate away from the now defunct cloud service provider UKCloud, according to a UK Government minister.

Jeremy Quin MP, minister for the Cabinet Office and HM paymaster general, has given a statement to Parliament that it is also considered unlikely that there will any claims on indemnity made post-liquidation of the company.

This follows the winding up of UKCloud – which was a significant provider of cloud services to public authorities with a memorandum of understanding with the Crown Commercial Service – under an order from the Insolvency Service in October of last year.

At the time there were concerns about possible disruption to services and claims on indemnity, but Quin said these have not emerged.

Successful migrations

“I would like to assure the House that the official receiver has not been notified of any potential claims that may require a call on the indemnity, and that all UKCloud customers have now successfully migrated their services on to alternative platforms with no unexpected disruptions to public services,” he said.

“As such, it is deemed unlikely any claims on the indemnity will be made post-liquidation. We, therefore, assess that it is unlikely that there will be any cost to the public purse as a result of this contingent liability.”

The statement also applied to UKCloud’s parent company, the Virtual Infrastructure Group.

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