§ Lord Gainford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps Her Majesty's Customs and Excise are taking to acquire additional information technology skills from the private sector.
The Paymaster General (The Earl of Caithness)
Following a procurement exercise involving 12 potential suppliers and a very thorough evaluation of proposals, HM Customs and Excise has, with the assistance of the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, selected Logica Communications and Electronic Systems Limited to provide staff to assist with the maintenance and enhancement of existing IT systems and the development of new projects, and BIS Applied Systems Limited to assist in the area of project management and control. The first project to benefit from these arrangements will be VAT II which has been set up to develop a replacement for the existing VAT system initially implemented in 1973.