§ 43. Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what progress has been made in implementing his Department's operational strategy.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The Department's highly complex £1.7 billion strategy for the computerisation of492W the social security benefit payment system is proceeding as planned. The pilot exercise in 23 local offices has been completed and the systems are being introduced nationally office by office. By the end of March 1990, 199 offices had received the departmental central index (DCI) system; 198 the retirement pensions system; and 93 the income support system—out of an eventual target of 440 offices.