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Departmental Website

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the President of the Council what the total cost of the Privy Council's website was in the last 12 months; and how many hits it received in the same period. [104200]

My right hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) announced the relaunch of the Department's website (www.pco.gov.uk) on 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 453W.The costs including development and design for the site since relaunch are £49,293.63. Costs prior to this date are not available but were negligible, since the design and content were produced in-house and not charged separately.Information on the number of hits is as follows:

Number of hitsMarch 2002–03
Unique visitors232,805
Page impressions827,998
Since relaunch there has been a fourfold increase in the number of unique visitors and a twofold one in the number of page impressions.