Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Home Office
Following the hearing on 14 May, I am writing
to provide answers to the questions raised by the Committee regarding
funding for the protection of children online. I would like to
apologise for the delay in responding.
You asked firstly for a breakdown of funding
for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
in both 2007-08 and 2008-09, identifying separately contributions
from different government departments, industry and others (see
Q 614 to 616 of the transcript). I can provide you with the following
information on this area.
For 2007-08 the Home Office provided £5.65
million, which was supplemented by £3.19 million in cash
and kind from a variety of sources, including government departments,
charities and industry. The final breakdown of these figures is
not yet available, as they form part of the overall SOCA accounts,
which are due for publication shortly. I will write to you with
the detailed figures once these accounts have been published.
For 2008-09, the Home Office has provided a
budget of £5.77 million, but the figures for other government
departments, charities and industry are not yet available, and
will only be calculated once the accounts for 2008-09 have been
Secondly, you asked for a breakdown of government
spending on internet-related child safety and protection, as requested
by Paul Farrelly MP at Q 616.
The Home Office spending in this area is focussed
on CEOP, and the figures given above cover this department. DCMS
have stated that they do not provide funding for work in this
area. I will write to you with information on the spending by
DCSF once it is available.
May I once again thank the Committee for their
interest in these matters and apologise for the delay in responding.