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Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to recall any of the advance given to BT for work on the implementation of Cerner Millennium in the South of England as part of the efficiency savings to be made from the National Programme for IT. (308775)

A payment was made earlier this year to BT as working capital to aid with infrastructure, planning and development work in advance of the deployment of systems and services. This is in line with Treasury rules, and in return for a reduction in payments to be earned for future successful delivery. There are no current plans to seek reimbursement of this payment.