To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have for the future of the Chessington computer centre.
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in consultation with the Minister of State, Privy Council Office, has decided that the Chessington computer centre will become a "next steps" agency. The centre provides a wide range of payroll, financial accounting and personnel record services to central Government and non-departmental public bodies. Executive agency status will allow the centre to develop its business on sound commercial lines, and help the centre to deliver its services more efficiently and effectively.