Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Written Evidence

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 closed.

  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.

July 2008

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