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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the set-up costs were of the co-ordinated online record of electors (CORE); and what she estimates the running costs of CORE will be in the next three financial years. (78221)

Since its inception in late 2003, expenditure of £1,726,631 has been incurred by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department of Constitutional Affairs on Phase I of the CORE project-supporting in house system providers and third party vendors so that their electoral registration systems can output electoral register data in an agreed EML format standard.

A further £23,111.38 has been incurred by the Department of Constitutional Affairs in relation to Phase II of CORE, the implementation of national access arrangements.

At this stage of the project, estimates are not available for the cost of procuring a CORE information system or associated annual running costs. These will be identified shortly as part of the CORE Phase II development process.