Allan, who is responsible for promoting Britain’s e-commerce credentials, will step down at the beginning of October.
A cabinet office statement said the envoy’s reasons for leaving were ‘purely personal’. It added that Allan’s wife has been ill and that he wished to spend time with her.
Allan said: ‘I have found the job hugely stimulating and it has not been an easy decision. I am sure my team and my successor will carry the government’s programme forward with vigour, backed by the clear commitment shown at all levels of government.’
As e-envoy, Allan set a deadline of offering 100% of government services online by 2005 and to make the UK the best place in the world to carry out e-commerce by 2002. But the project has faced criticism for being behind schedule for its ambitious targets.
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