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Communications Capabilities Directorate

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure his Department has incurred on its Communications Capabilities Directorate since it was established. (318267)

[holding answer 24 February 2010]: The Communication Capabilities Directorate brings together work to ensure that, in a changing communications environment, communications data and interception of communications can continue to protect the public and save lives. This includes implementing the European Union data retention directive and looking at how communications data capabilities can be maintained in the future as technology continues to evolve through the Interception Modernisation Programme. The Directorate is also working with public authorities to improve training around the use of communications data to maximise efficiencies as suggested by feedback to the 2009 public consultation ‘Protecting the Public in a Changing Communications Environment’. The Directorate has incurred expenditure of £14 million since it was established. This includes resources, facilities and capital expenditure.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts the Communications Capabilities Directorate has put out to tender in the last 12 months; and how many it plans to put out to tender in the next 12 months. (318269)

[holding answer 24 February 2010]: Details of any past or future plans to tender cannot be disclosed on grounds of national security.