§ Mr. Fabricant
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the time it would take to get new computers running in the wake of a major computer disaster in his Department. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
[holding answer 19 July 2000]: In the event of a major computer disaster the Treasury's aim would be to restore basic IT facilities (desktop or laptop stand-alone equipment) to key staff as soon as possible but at the latest within two days.
The timescale for the restoration of full IT services to the whole department would depend on the scale of the disaster.