§ Mr. Todd
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each of the functions relating to the payroll for which his Department is responsible, indicating the management systems purchased, all sub-contractors involved in the work, co-operative arrangements with other Departments and the costs of the systems and processes in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
The payroll service for the Treasury is provided by Chessington Computer Services Ltd. using the standard payroll input and retrieval system—SPIRE. The costs to the Treasury of the Chessington service for 1997–98 is £57,000 inclusive of VAT. Monthly salary changes are processed and input to SPIRE within the Treasury by two payroll clerks and one payroll administration manager at an annual salary cost for the three staff of £48,079. Under the terms of the contract, Chessington Computer Services Ltd. is responsible for making payments to staff using the bankers automated clearing service—BACS—and for making deductions such as tax and national insurance contributions.131W
The Treasury does not have any co-operative arrangements with other Departments for the provision or administration of payroll services.