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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 ( 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.