HC Deb 03 March 2000 vol 345 cc441-2W
Mr. Dismore

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will announce the outcome of the Prison Service's Quantum project. [113409]

Mr. Boateng

I announced in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle), on 14 December 1999,Official Report, columns 139–40W, that Martin Narey, the Director-General of the Prison Service had selected Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as the preferred supplier for the Quantum project and that negotiations would be held with a view to award of contract. I am pleased to say that the preferred supplier negotiations with EDS have concluded successfully. Martin Narey has decided to award a contract to EDS for the provision of Information Technology services for the Prison Service.