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NHS: ICT

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the gateway reviews of the NHS IT programme. (155866)

We have no current plans to do so. The Gateway review reports are intended to help and inform the management of the programme and the Department's own decisions. They are not intended for publication.

More generally, the Government believe that the prospect of disclosure of any Gateway review would restrain the frankness and candour with which participants engage in the Gateway process, and that this in turn would undermine its effectiveness and the quality of recommendations arising. Gateway reviews perform an important role in ensuring that public authorities are using their resources in an efficient and effective way and there is therefore a strong and vital public interest in maintaining their efficacy.