§ Dr. Cable
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2003,Official Report, column 243W, on EDS, what sums have been paid (a) in VAT and (b) in respect of capital purchases by the Inland Revenue since 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The information requested is as follows:
(a) £million 1998–99 44.9 1999–2000 51.8 2000–01 51.4 2001–02 76.1 2002–03 64.7
(b) £million 1998–99 48.0 1999–2000 43.4 2000–01 46.9 2001–02 135.5 2002–03 37.9
During 2001–02 and 2002–03 the Inland Revenue exercised its right under its contract with EDS to buy out the future finance lease obligations for the EDS-held assets used to provide IT services to the Inland Revenue under the terms of the IT service agreement. This did not affect the legal status of the contract.