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Departmental Databases

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of maintaining the databases owned and managed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008. (256150)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) resource accounts record the following consolidated administration expenditure on all IT and communications in the past three financial years:

£ million

2007-08

114.643

2006-07

78.959

2005-06

109.797

These figures include expenditure by the FCO’s two agencies (FCO Services and Wilton Park), and covers all non-capital costs, including communications, incurred in the provision of data to staff worldwide.