HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 cc94-5W
Mr. McAvoy

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of the cash value of all benefits paid out were means tested, in each of the last five years. [27443]

Mr. Burt

The information is set out in the table.

Mr. Andrew Mitchell

The information is not available in the format requested. However, the contracts and agreements currently held with EDS for the Child Support Agency computer system are as follows:

Start date End date
CSA Operational Accounting System 7 March 1992 31 March 2002
CSA Maintenance Assessment 8 July 1992 31 March 2002
CSA Software Support Services 7 March 1992 31 March 2002
CSA Technical Services 1 May 1997 31 March 1997

The monthly running costs, and the value of individual contracts and agreements is commercial in confidence. The total value of the above projects is estimated as £23 million.

On 1 June 1995, EDS was awarded a 10-year contract for the provision of Data Centre Services for the whole of the DSS—including CSA. This contract is volume/output based. The value depends on future levels of business.