Communication between the Post Office Board and the Department for Trade and Industry, July 1999

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Dear Post Office Limited,

Minutes of the 20 July 1999 Post Office Board meeting state that, with regard to their members’ refusal to sign the ICL Horizon due to two outstanding, critical technical issues:

‘Ministers were meeting on 21 July to discuss Horizon and it would be important to ensure that the Post Office Minister, Ian McCartney was fully aware of the Board’s concerns. This would best be communicated through a letter from the Chief Executive [John Roberts]’.

Please can you disclose the letter which was sent to DTI Minister Ian McCartney from the Post Office to which these minutes refer. Please can you identify to whom this communication was copied and any subsequent response which the Post Office received from the Government.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

Information Rights Team, Post Office Limited

Our ref: FOI2021/00972

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Dear Eleanor Shaikh,

Please find attached the response relating to your Freedom of Information
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Regards,

David Sinclair

Information Rights Team

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