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Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the (a) cost of and (b) number of visitors to each website operated by her Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which her Department is responsible in each year since its establishment. [107640]


Start-up costs

operating costs


January 2001
Legal Services Ombudsman£3348.75 August 20002001 £3,879.252002–03: 15,558 visits*
www.olso.org2002 £2,539*figures not available prior to
Lord Chancellors Dept£7,3681998–99: £16,2001998–99: 147.958 visits–2000: £16,2001999–2000: 291.582 visits
2000–01: £41,1332000–01:358.161 visits
20001–02: £152,8592001–02: 469,683 visits
2002–03 See note 12002–03: 1,234,931 visits
Magistrates' Court Service£1302001–02: £1,322.502002–03:24,916 visits*
Inspectorate2002–02: £3,940.13*figures not available prior to–03 See note 12002–03
Northern Ireland Court Service£55,000 (April 2002)£15,000 p.a.

112002–03: 92,000 page impressions running at 12,000 impressions a
Official Solicitor's DepartmentIn house1999–2000: £141 p.a.No figures available
Public Trust Office (closed June

1210,000 p.a.

No figures available
Public Guardianship Office£37,600 (June 2001)2001–02: £14,334

82002–03:82,252+ visits–03: £7.398
Public Record Office—main site£200,000(1995)2002–03: £147,000No figures available years: similar
PRO—other sites: Family Records;Complex arrangements with variousIn page impressions:
Learning Curve; a2a; Moving Here;partners, PRO contribution1998–99: 738,977
Censusassessable only at disproportionate1999–2000: 9,732,724
cost2000–01: 38,019,254

132002–O3: 73,000.000

1 Figures not available prior to January 2003. Figures not available as page impressions or visits.

2 The sites hosted by Cable and Wireless (2002–05) under a three year contract. The hosting element of this is £158,796 per annum for a total of eight sights.

3 Figures not available prior to 2002–03.

4 Figures not available prior to January 2001.

5 The 2002 increase is partly because we had previously omitted impressions of.asp and.jsp pages, which make up a significant amount of the site.

6 Figures not available prior to 2001–02.

7 Figures not available prior to 2000–01.

8 Figures not available prior to July 2002.

9 Figures not available prior to June 2002.

10 The various sites which existed within the Land Registry are now being consolidated into one site.

11 Figures not available prior to 2002–03. Current website does not record statistics for unique visitors.

12 Including development and operating cost.

13 Estimate.