HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc865-6W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since January 2003 the tax credits computer system has stopped working. [125404]

Dawn Primarolo

IT system supporting the new tax credits did not work initially as well as we expected and there was unscheduled down time as a result. The Inland Revenue worked urgently with their IT partners to improve the system's availability, speed and stability, and it has been performing much better for a number of months.

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