§ Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what factors underlay the retention of business process re-engineering within the Land Registry when the recent decision over contracting out IT systems was taken. 
§ Jane Kennedy
The recently awarded contract represents a key strategic partnership between HM Land Registry and COMPAQ, which seeks to make best use of private sector expertise in providing, maintaining and enhancing the Land Registry's IT infrastructure. This partnership will see the agency continuing to progress the work carried out so far in re-engineering its business processes, working alongside COMPAQ, which will ensure the IT infrastructure is capable of meeting the Land Registry's current and future needs.
This partnership arrangement is the best option for ensuring that effective change is taken forward as quickly as possible with minimal risk.