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Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid to Microsoft in licensing fees by her 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. [130677]

This Department paid licensing fees to Microsoft of £17,500 in 2000–01, £9,500 in 2001–02 and £234,000 in 2002–03.Future year payments are still under review and no decision has yet been taken on whether to continue with Microsoft or to look at other potential vendors including open source.