HC Deb 27 March 1996 vol 274 c599W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for introducing computers into the handling of immigration casework. [23566]

Mr. Kirkhope

The immigration and nationality department has developed a programme to computerise the handling of immigration casework in order to deliver improvements in service, to strengthen the administration of the control and to produce substantial efficiency savings. A seven-year contract is to be awarded to Siemens Business Services under the private finance initiative, by means of which the company will design, build, finance and operate a comprehensive new information technology system for this purpose and assist IND in the introduction of appropriate working methods.