§ Mr. Fallon
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 5 November 1999,Official Report, columns 336–37, for what reasons £8 million is being transferred from the Reserve to the Post Office for Horizon re-negotiation costs; and what the reason is for the re-negotiation. 
§ Mr. Alan Johnson
The payment of £8 million reimbursed the Post Office for additional costs incurred in the negotiations with ICL earlier this year. This was to cover the ongoing costs of the contractor while further work on the merits of the various options was carried out.