§ Mr. Dobbin
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will implement the Horizon Programme throughout the network of Post Office Counters. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
The Benefits Agency/Post Office Counters Ltd. automation project was commissioned under the Government's private finance initiative with ICL Pathway Ltd. as the private sector partner. Current plans provide for all post offices to be automated by the end of 2000.