§ Mr. Mullin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the cost to the Inland Revenue of paying for software on which licensing agreements cannot be traced; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Sir George Young
The Inland Revenue identified a small number of cases of equipment, due to be transferred to EDS, where there was insufficient documentary evidence to confirm that copies of software held have been fully licensed. The Department has agreed with the supplier a fee of less than £150,000, including VAT, to cover licenses for this software.
To prevent recurrence improved procedures have been implemented in line with the requirement of the Inland Revenue IT security standards.