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Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contractual negotiations his Department is engaged in with (a) Computer Sciences Corporation and (b) BT in relation to the National Programme for IT; what timetable has been set for the completion of these negotiations; and what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the monetary value of the current contracts held by these companies of those negotiations; (322232)

(2) on what dates his Department has met (a) BT and (b) Computer Sciences Corporation to discuss the National Programme for IT since the beginning of January 2010; what timetable he has set for future meetings with those companies; what items were in the agenda of each of those meetings; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each of those meetings.

The Department routinely engages with both the Computer Sciences Corporation and BT about a range of operational and commercial matters in relation to the national information technology programme contracts, and has continued to do so on numerous occasions since the beginning of January 2010. One objective of current discussions is to explore how to achieve a part of the national programme's £600 million contribution to the Government-wide plans to find efficiency savings and better value for money on major projects. These particular discussions are expected to be concluded by the end of March 2010.

There is no fixed timetable for future meetings, which will continue to occur as required.

Formal minutes of meetings since the beginning of January have not been taken.