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Connect Programme

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the provisional budget is for the Government Connect Programme; and which Government agencies will participate. (94556)

The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government have just released an additional £10 million to establish the Government Connect service on a firm foundation. This brings the total budget to £26.5 million.

We are now seeking with our local government partners to engage more widely with central Government Departments over the next two years, to establish how using Government Connect can produce wider benefits.