Hacker House: Grants

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the performance indicators and metrics for the grant funding awarded to Hacker House; and what assessment she has made of whether those performance indicators have been met.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

All initiatives awarded grant funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) are regularly monitored. We track performance in identifying, training, and placing candidates into cyber security jobs, reviewed against the targets set out in the relevant grant agreement. Updates on the performance of these projects are published as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy progress report.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into allegations from the Sunday Times in relation to Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund. Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

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