§ Mr. Gray:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a market-making exercise was conducted by the Inland Revenue in support of the original contract for the IT system for the Inland Revenue; and who the prospective suppliers engaged with the Inland Revenue in the conduct of that market-making exercise were. 35W
§ Dawn Primarolo:
The initial Market-making exercise for the EAGLE contract prompted six responses to the OJEC notice. The suppliers involved were:
- CSC Europe/IBM UK
- EDS Ltd.
- Hoskyns Group plc
- ICL/Anderson Consulting
- Digital Alliance (Digital Equipment Co., Logica and Barclays)
- Sema Group UK
Of these suppliers, two were invited to tender—EDS Ltd. and CSC Europe/IBM UK. The preferred supplier was announced in December 1993, and the contract awarded in May 1994.