§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope), of 23 July 1998,Official Report, columns 652–53, on the ICL Pathway Project, what is the extent of the Government's commitment to the completion of the project. 
§ Mr. Byers
[holding answer 30 July 1998]: The Government are committed to providing a secure and cost effective method of paying benefits over post office counters. ICL pathway have contracted with the Benefits Agency (on behalf of DSS) and Post Office Counters Ltd. to deliver this using the benefit payment card.