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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development 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.[130672]

DFID undertook a major upgrade of its systems in the period 2000–02 and the resulting licence fees paid to Microsoft takes account of this. The figures are:

1 includes ASSIST 2000 Upgrade Project licence fees
Our budgets for future years (providing we continue with Microsoft) will be approximately £60,000 for both 2003/04 and 2004/05.