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House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to the House of Commons Service was of developing the ParliQuiz application for the Apple iPhone; and which company was contracted for this project.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The cost of the ParliQuiz application to the House of Commons was £5,075, which included content and technical development. The technical build was undertaken by an independent developer, Eknath Kadam. The content authoring was undertaken by an independent writer, Mike Greenwood.

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Neil Watson
Posted on 19 Jan 2011 9:35 am (Report this annotation)

And why only for the iPhone? If the app is useful, then surely it should also be available for Android and Symbian?
Posted on 22 Jan 2011 3:42 pm (Report this annotation)

It's a beta, so probably the SDK's were easier or more accessible to the developer.

At £5K it's a relatively cheap way to try and include schools and students into the power of the electorate. You could think of it as £7.70 per MP so they can engage with their bosses!

The average cost of asking this question in the house would have probably paid for the porting to Android ..