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Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the CompeteFor website has cost to (a) develop and (b) run in each year since its inception; and how much of the funding was provided by (i) the Government, (ii) the London Development Agency and (iii) regional development agencies. (251305)

The information requested is as follows:

The costs of CompeteFor are as follows:

(a) CompeteFor cost £3.633million to develop, which included concept development, specification, implementation and testing, and establishing the support structure.

(b) Running costs are as follows:

Year 1 (December 2007 to March 2008) £220,000

Year 2 (April 2008 to March 2009) projected at £1.241 million

Funding arrangements are as follows

(i) No direct funding was provided by Central Government.

(ii) The London Development Agency and the eight other regional development agencies have each provided £379,000 in set up and running costs in Year 1 and will provide approximately £111,000 each in running costs by the end of this financial year.

The remaining costs are met by contributions provided by the devolved administrations.