Freedom of Information Team
100 Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ
13 November 2019
Our Ref: FOI2019/11892
Dear Mr McDowall,
Thank you for your email of 1 November in which you made the following request for
information: Please provide details of the costs incurred by the Department for design,
development and work for the readiness of the Age Verification for Pornography in the
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). I can
confirm that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) holds information
within scope of your request. The departments total spend externally has been
£2,225,153.77, up to 31 August 2019 excluding VAT. This was paid to the British Board of
Film Classification (BBFC) for design and implementation purposes.
Freedom of Information Team Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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