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Children: Internet

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the (a) staff costs and (b) total cost of the Byron Review. (248901)

The information is as follows:

(a) During the six-month period of the Byron Review, it was supported by two full-time DCMS staff. Using capitation rates1 this equates to £51,992.

(b) The total cost of the review (excluding staffing costs) were approximately £275,000. This included expenditure on consultation with parents and other stakeholders, and a comprehensive literature review. This expenditure has been incurred in accordance with the Cabinet Office guidelines and a value for money assessment.

1 Capitation rates cover average pay, national insurance and pension contribution costs, by grade, incurred by the Department.