Departmental Computer Software

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th February 2010.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office (Also Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), Cabinet Office 24th February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her policy is in respect of the installation and use of (a) Internet Explorer, (b) Firefox and (c) Opera website browsers by Government departments. [This section has been corrected on 1 March 2010, column 12MC — read correction]

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Minister of State (Third Sector), Cabinet Office 24th February 2010

Government policy regarding installation and use of web browsers is that all decisions must be in line with value for money requirements. In addition, the Open Source, Open Standards, Re-use strategy requires Departments to consider open source browsers such as Firefox and Opera on a level basis with proprietary browsers such as Internet Explorer. The strategy can be found at:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/318020/open_source.pdf

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