In September C&IT reported that the framework was expected to be finalised in mid-October following a government delay.
That delay has been further protracted, according to Hughes, who is hopeful that clarification will be attained in mid-November.
"Lots of communications are needed, to talk to agencies," he says. "I hope by the time we get to mid-November it's decided. If it's beyond then I'd be worried about our ability to manage effective communications programmes."