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Connect Programme

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) budget and (b) purpose is of the Government Connect ‘GC Accounts’ programme. (94614)

‘Government Connect Accounts’ is part of the Government Connect programme. The total Government Connect programme budget is £26.5 million.

Government Connect is an initiative led by local authorities, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office to provide a common infrastructure for secure electronic interaction between local government, central Government and citizens. The Government Connect Accounts element of the programme is used to check user identity and is currently working with other government identity management initiatives to make use of cross-Government standards and technologies.