§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster why, when his Department's Minstrel 1 computer system was replaced the manufacturers of Minstrel 4 were not invited to tender for its replacement.
§ Mr. Butcher
There was no simple replacement of the Department's Minstrel 1 computer system. Its correspondence management functions were subsumed within a wider networked system for all DTI Ministers designed to provide additional facilities, including engagements714W management, word processing and links into ICL-Mail (on which the Department's electronic mail service is based).