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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure by his Department on buying, operating and supporting (a) all commercial software products and (b) software products produced by Microsoft was in each of the last three years. (112596)

The following table gives details of internal running costs expenditure for the initial purchase of (a) commercial software products and (b) Microsoft products. All of the totals are inclusive of VAT. The columns have been sorted by financial year.

£

FY

Commercial software products

Microsoft products

2003-04

2,040,522

575,567

2004-05

1,779,864

422,765

2005-06

1,709,154

318,589

2006-07 to date

1,471,881

362,947

The following table gives details of the costs incurred to maintain and licence software. Unfortunately it is not possible to separate between Microsoft products and non Microsoft products as the information is not readily available. Again all totals are inclusive of VAT.

FY

£

2003-04

733,673

2004-05

731,056

2005-06

892,500

2006-07 to date

858,845

We are unable to provide any expenditure information which covers operating and supporting either commercial software products or Microsoft software products as this is not identifiable from other costs held in our records.

Other expenditure incurred purchasing software from programme budgets is not readily available within Department for Education and Skills. To respond fully would involve an extensive internal information collection exercise which would exceed the recommended disproportionate cost threshold.