Open Source Software

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of Government policy on open source software and open standards; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

We have always made clear that, where appropriate, Government will procure open source solutions.

Open source products are used in the delivery, of huge database programmes—such as the Indian Identity card scheme—at a greater scale and for much less cost than we have experienced in the past.

Gov.uk, the new platform for publishing in UK Government employs the same open source technologies.

It's being delivered for a fraction of the cost of previous Government web schemes.

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