Home Department written question – answered on 9th July 2009.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns; Shadow Defence Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on monitoring internet traffic in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

holding answer 24 June 2009

The Home Office does not monitor internet traffic.

The Home Office does sponsor systems to enable communications service providers to store communications data that they are required to retain under the European Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC, or retain voluntarily under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 code of practice on data retention. Communications data are the who, when and where of a communication, but none of the content.

The Home Office spend on these systems over the last five years is shown as follows.

2004-05 84,582.23
2005-06 770,800.00
2006-07 5,282,100.90
2007-08 5,714,045.00 2,632,450.00
2008-09 3,567,121.25 6,608,406.48

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