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Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid to Microsoft in licensing fees by his Department and its agencies in each of the last three years; and how much has been budgeted for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05. [130682]

Since 2000 there have been two Machinery of Government changes affecting what is now the Department of Transport. As a result the number of staff has changed considerably. It is not possible to analyse the total cost of licensing to identify where the costs were incurred on behalf of what is now DfT. Therefore the figures given for DfT(c) reflect spend by the Department as it was at the time.The amount paid to Microsoft for the last three years is:

Spend (£)
Centre of the Department

Spend (£)





Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agencyn/a459,900489,400
Driving Standards Agency7,900 over two years81,000
Highways Agency640,000580,000175,000
Maritime and Coastguard Agency00291,000
Vehicle Certification Agency3,1703,2609,380
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
(Previously Vehicle Inspectorate and
Traffic Area Network)100,000100,000136,400

Budgets for spend in the current year, 2003–04, and future years are withheld on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.