To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on child maintenance, what plans there are for new IT systems for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; what steps he plans to take to monitor the effective implementation of such systems; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what plans he has to (a) involve and (b) consult staff employed by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission on the commissioning and monitoring process for new IT systems.
Subject to parliamentary approval, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will become operational in 2008. As a non-departmental public body, it will be for the Commission to determine whether to introduce new IT systems. Should it decide to introduce a new IT system, we will of course wish to keep track of progress towards its successful delivery through the arrangements we will put in place to monitor the performance of the Commission.