As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates devolved budgets the information needed to answer the hon. Member’s question is not held centrally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.
However, the hon. Member may wish to know that:
the FCO’s overall spend on Information Technology (excluding consultancy and internal staff costs, but including software, equipment and installation) in the last three years was: 2003-04 £13.0 million; 2004-05 £18.7 million; 2005-06 £12.0 million; and
in June 2005 we signed an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft providing the products needed for our core strategic systems at a cost of approximately £1.7 million per year. In addition, we have a support agreement for our strategic desktop system costing £601,000 in 2005 and £631,000 in 2006.