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Open Source Software

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (111162)

The Department does not hold specific information on the use of open source software within the Department but has identified one system involving library services that utilises open source components in its implementation.

The Department is currently reviewing the tools and technologies that it uses to support the delivery of the business. As part of that review consideration will be given to the use of open source tools alongside other proprietary tools and technologies.

When considering the implementation of any solution, the Department will continue to consider open source solutions on an overall value for money basis in accordance with the Government's 2004 policy statement.