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Departmental Computer Systems

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which computer systems within his Department use XML. [98110]

Any Internet/Intranet-based channel into current DWP systems uses XML. XML is also used as part of the Department's IT infrastructure for systems to communicate with each other—in particular the communications between the new modernised systems and the legacy systems.

Current Departmental systems using XML are:

  • Pensions Forecasting System (PFS)
  • Customer Management System (CMS)
  • New Tax Credits (NTC);
  • Empower (First Wave)
  • Child Support 2 (formerly known as CSR)
  • Child Benefit System
  • Contributions Recovery Unit (CRU)—base CRU recovering money from insurance companies
  • CRU NHS—exchanges road traffic accident information with the national health service
  • Inherited SERPS
  • Customer History Database.