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Departmental Websites

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many websites there are within his responsibilities; and what the total cost of maintaining such websites was in the last year for which figures are available. (79064)

The information requested is as follows:

Overall costs maintaining DFID websites are as follows:

Main DFID website and two country office sites—£127,097 for 2005.

Developments magazine—£11,500 for 2005.

Research for Development portal—£293,464 set up costs for 2005.

Specialist audience sites include:

AIDSPortal—£355,000 since 2004.

Sending Money Home—£9,650 to set up. There are no maintenance costs.

Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative—£1,500 to set up. There are no maintenance costs.

Financial Deepening Challenge Fund’s website—average costs are £2,000 per year.—£40,000 to maintain in 2005.

Asia 2015 Conference website—£14,000 to set up and maintain in 2005.

PASS Livelihoods—£36,824 from October 2005-September 2006

The Business Linkages Challenge Fund—£2,565 for January-December 2005.

EC-PREP—£2,500 for January-December 2005.

There are a number of websites set up as part of DFID funding to contractors or professional organisations. Contractors are responsible for maintaining these and have therefore not been included here. Figures are included as part of the overall contract.