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Tuesday 06 April, 2004

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Xansa PLC
06 April 2004

Press Release


6 April 2004



XANSA ANNOUNCES SELECTION AS STRATEGIC IT TRANSFORMATION PARTNER FOR THE OFFICE
                            FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS

Xansa, the international business process and IT services company, is pleased to
announce it has been selected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as
strategic IT transformation partner to help deliver modernisation of ONS.

ONS is recognised as a world-leading provider of statistical services and the
modernisation programme will ensure it can meet the challenges of the 21st
century. Modernisation will be achieved through ONS statistical and technology
modernisation programmes and delivery of a number of major work-streams,
including the Neighbourhood Statistics and Citizens Information projects.

Much of the modernisation work is underpinned by technological modernisation,
the overarching aim of which is to transform ONS into an advanced e-business
with an integrated, enterprise-wide information-systems architecture.

Xansa will support ONS in delivering the new systems to support its
modernisation programme.

Commenting on the announcement, Dayantha Joshua, Director Information Management
ONS, said,

"After an extensive competitive evaluation, I am pleased to say we've identified
a partner in Xansa with whom we believe we can build a structured relationship
to help us drive key areas of our modernisation forward to success.  Xansa's
track record in supporting large transformation programmes is impressive, and
their flexibility, responsiveness and pragmatism are key elements in the
framework and relationship we are building."

Commenting on the announcement, Alistair Cox, Chief Executive Xansa said,

"Being chosen as the ONS strategic IT transformation partner shows our strengths 
in delivering major transformation programmes by working in partnership with our
clients. Our record in government and our ability to deliver tangible benefits
to our clients will allow us to work effectively with ONS, and I look forward to
developing this relationship further in what is an important and exciting
programme within the UK Government."

                                                ENDS

Contact:


Steve Stratton                                        David Bradbury
Investor Relations Director, Xansa                    Press Office, Office for National Statistics:
Tel : + 44 (0)8702 416181                             Tel : +44 (0) 20 7533 5714
Email : steve.stratton@xansa.com                      Email : david.bradbury@ons.gsi.gov.uk


Giles Sanderson / James Melville-Ross
Financial Dynamics
Tel : + 44 (0)20 7831 3113


About Xansa

Xansa is an international business process and IT services company creating and
delivering process and technology solutions that significantly improve its
clients' business performance. Through strong relationships, commercial
innovation and its integrated Indian delivery capability, Xansa drives real and
long-term cost reductions, performance improvements and new ways of working
tailored to each client. Its services are Business and Technology Consulting, IT
Implementation, IT Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing.


About the Office for National Statistics

Formed in April 1996 - when the Central Statistical Office merged with the
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys - the Office for National Statistics
(ONS) is the government department that provides statistical and registration
services. The National Statistician, Len Cook, is the Director of ONS and
Registrar General for England & Wales.

ONS is responsible for producing a wide range of key economic and social
statistics which are used by policy makers across government to create
evidence-based policies and monitor performance against them. The Office also
builds and maintains data sources both for itself and for its business and
research customers. It makes statistics available so that everyone can easily
assess the state of the nation, the performance of government and their own
position.

The Office also incorporates the General Register Office for England and Wales
(GRO). The GRO is responsible for ensuring the registration of all births,
marriages and deaths in England and Wales, and for maintaining a central archive
dating back to 1837.


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