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Andrew Selous (Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions; South West Bedfordshire, Conservative)

Pursuing the administrative theme a little further, the Department has not had a happy history in terms of its computer provision over quite a number of years. That fact has been looked into by the Public Accounts Committee, among other bodies. Can you tell us anything about the computers for PADA? They are going to have to be fairly substantial and will need to work well. I do not know whether you are constrained by commercial confidentiality considerations, but I would like to know whether you or the Department will be running the computer systems, particularly in terms of the long-term management of the computer schemes. The PAC has picked the Department up on that issue in the past and has accused it of not being capable of being an intelligent customer.

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