§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which elements of the production and operation of the Directgov website are being outsourced to India; 
(2) for what reason elements of the production and operation of the Directgov website are being outsourced to India; 
(3) what the security implications are of elements of the production and operation of the Directgov website being outsourced to India; 
(4) what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the United Kingdom of elements of the production and operation of the Directgov website being outsourced to India; 1589W
(5) if he will make a statement on the outsourcing of the production and operation of E Gov ventures to foreign countries. 
§ Ruth Kelly
Outsourcing is a long established element of business. The UK gains economically from free and open global markets, and the Government believe companies should source from whichever country best fulfils their need.
Directgov website, powered by a bespoke content management system and application known as DotP, is government information organised and delivered by multiple departments. Directgov provides consistent information on UK government services for citizens and businesses, at home and overseas.
DotP is part of the secure central infrastructure that this Government are putting in place to ensure best value electronic government services. There has always been an outsourced element of DotP involving the private sector—these companies have obligations to make certain such work is carried out adopting government policy on security and competition, whether the work is carried out in the UK or overseas. The central infrastructure will continue to be developed in a way that ensures its viability and in line with government policy on security and competition. The intellectual property belongs to Her Majesty's Government. Any outsourcing under the contract has not resulted in a loss of UK jobs.
The approach to production and operation (i.e. the maintenance) of Directgov content is a matter for participating departments. As far as we are aware, at this time none of the elements of content production or maintenance are being outsourced to India.