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Northern Ireland Social Security Agency

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Medical Support Service within the Social Security Agency; and if he will make a statement. (135402)

A thorough and detailed analysis of Medical Support Services was completed in January 2007. The conclusion was that while Medical Support Services was currently ‘Fit for Purpose’ it would not have the capacity or capability to deliver a sufficient level of service to support the extended roll-out of Pathways to Work and the introduction of the new employment and support allowance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will abandon plans to outsource the Social Security Agency's medical support service. (135403)

As the procurement process has already commenced, there are no plans to abandon the decision to outsource the Medical Support Service within the Social Security Agency.