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Geronimo Communications

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments his Department and its predecessor made to Geronimo Communications in each year since 1997. (163195)

Details of payments made to Geronimo Communication by the Department and its predecessors over the last nine years are set out in the following table:

£

1999-2000

320,132

2000-01

715,379

2001-02

1,221,349

2002-03

1,347,384

2003-04

1,153,197

2004-05

459,374

2005-06

2,441,139

2006-07

2,013,211

2007-081

1,157,691

1 To date

The data was requested for the last 11 years, however, the Department is only able to supply nine years. The Department is only required to retain financial records and original documentation for six years after the end of the financial year in which the transaction took place.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families was created on 28 June 2007 as a result of a machinery of government change and the expenditure recorded above includes those of the two predecessor Departments, the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) and the Department of Education and Skills (DfES). The expenditure for 2007-08 will also include any costs incurred by the newly created Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills, where these costs relate to areas formerly the responsibility of the Department for Education and Skills.