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Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government expects to pay Equifax for the contract to provide reference information on passport applicants in (a) financial year 2007-08 and (b) in each of the next three financial years. (155347)

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: It is expected that spend on reference data provision in 2007-08 would be in the region of £392,000. The amount is variable depending upon the passport demand. This does not include software development and software/hardware development changes.

Spend in the following three years will be determined by the business model applied, which will drive the volume of checks, and negotiations with the reference information supplier.