HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 cc401-2W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of days that the Treasury's email mailing list system has been operational since 1 January 2001; and if he will make a statement. [40813]

Ruth Kelly

The Treasury's email mailing list system was set up more than seven years ago and has historically proven very reliable. Since January 2001, the system has encountered some technical difficulties and become difficult to maintain. Over the last 14 months the service has been out of operation for approximately four to six weeks. Where possible, the Treasury Internet team have informed subscribers when the service is not available.

The Treasury's Information Services team are currently evaluating alternative systems that should prove more reliable. In the meantime, Members interested in seeing lists of recent Treasury press notices can find them on the Treasury's website at http://www.treasury.gov.uk/Newsroom_and_Speeches/.