§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on progress with the installation of the NIRS 2 computer system; and for what reasons Andersen Consulting will not have the system fully operational in February 1997. 
§ Mr. Heald
Progress on the development of the NIRS 2 computer system is currently proceeding in accordance with the contractual timetable. Under the contract with Andersen Consulting it was always the intention that the system would be fully operational by April 1999. This is still the planned date for NIRS 2 to be fully operational.