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Departmental IT

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's databases are (a) wholly and (b) partly operated by external organisations or individuals; and which organisations and individuals own those databases. (97783)

All the Department’s major IT systems are operated by external organisations. The majority are operated by Electronic Data Services (EDS), with a few being operated by Fujitsu and British Telecom (BT).

In this context “operated” means that the IT service is provided, technically maintained and located at the external organisation’s premises.

The data are wholly owned by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which databases operated by his Department are located (a) wholly and (b) partly outside the UK; and where each of those databases and parts of databases is located. (97784)