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Open Source Software

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of her Department’s computer systems use open source software; what percentage of the systems planned to be installed use such software; and whether she plans to increase the use of open source software in her Department. (111166)

The Department does not have statistics on the use of open source software, and to date it is very limited. The Department will continue to consider open source solutions on an overall value for money basis in accordance with the Government’s policy statement. The policy (Open Source Software, Use within UK Government, Version 2.0, 28 October 2004) can be viewed at: