§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the objectives of the strategic outsourcing project of the Information Technology Services Agency. 
§ Angela Eagle
The Department faces ever more complex business change in order to deliver a modern, responsive welfare service to the public. Key to the successful achievement of the required business change is the provision of modern IT services. In defining the Department's strategic direction, the overall objective has been to achieve a sustainable organisation in support of DSS IS/IT provision which also preserves the best possible career opportunities for staff. We believe that outsourcing the Department's IT provision will provide the best way of delivering its IS/IT needs while securing a better long-term future for it's staff.