sorry you've lost me..
government spends money on sensible things?
10k is very little for an iphone app, 40k for a multimedia app, well we'd have taken the job , but it's hardly 'lots of money' . How long would the register itself last without any advertising? I'm guessing all the journalists work on it for free and they pay the hosting costs?
'how dare they have iphones and want to look for jobs' , yes, because when made redundant that contract just 'disappears'..
As for smuggies saying 'why not google it' for changing a wheel, good idea, works perfectly in areas of no signal. Having a simple app seems like a good idea..
As mark says , the irony would be that the cost of handling all these ludicrous FOI requests will exceed these costs by far ( though make for nice cheap copy for a multitude of journos)..
( spot the iphone dev who doesn't work on iphone stuff any more because nobody is willing to pay anywhere near the dev costs)