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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish a statement of the categories of expenditure under which costs have been incurred as part of the communications capabilities development programme since 2010; and what proportion of such expenditure was made in respect of (a) consultancy and (b) capital expenditure.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 highlighted the need to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communications data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.
Since 2010 the Communications Capabilities Development programme has worked with the communications industry under the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and the EU Data Retention Directive to ensure as technology and communications services change the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the capabilities to carry out lawful interception and where authorised obtain communications data.
Of the £405 million that has been spent since May 2010 it is estimated that £55.1 million has been spent on consultancy across the full range of programme activity. A more detailed analysis of the figures cannot be provided without compromising national security.