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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: ICT

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the existing IT contract between his Department and EDS—Electronic Data Systems—will be transferred to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC); and whether it is open to CMEC to seek to renegotiate this contract. (169006)

The contract between the Department and EDS contains clauses that cover the possibility of future changes in our organisation. These clauses will be used to ensure that the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will be able to continue to make use of EDS services in the same way that the Child Support Agency does now.

It will be for the Commission to determine its future arrangements for the provision of IT services. Should the Commission wish to renegotiate the EDS contract, however, it would have to do so in conjunction with the Department as the contract is at a departmental level.