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Departmental Websites

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many websites there are within her responsibilities; and what the total cost of maintaining such websites was in the last year for which figures are available. (79069)

To determine the number and identify the costs associated with each of the websites which fall within the Secretary of State for Health's responsibilities would incur disproportionate costs.

The Department is currently undertaking an audit of all its websites, as part of a review in accordance with the transformational Government strategy and its own overall communications strategy. This work is due to complete before the end of the year.

Information about the Department's corporate website, externally facing websites managed and maintained by departmental staff, and the Department's executive agencies’ websites is as follows:

For the Department, the combined cost of the websites listed below for the year 2005-06 was £1,079,222. These figures include website and search engine hosting and maintenance, development and dedicated staff costs (using agreed civil service staff costs including salaries, common services etc.).

www.dh.gov.uk

www.performance.doh.gov.uk

www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk

www.info.doh.gov.uk

www.bristol-inquiry.org.uk

www.carers.gov.uk

www.carestandardstribunal.gov.uk

www.londonshealth.gov.uk

www.minorityhealth.gov.uk

www.rlcinquiry.org.uk

www.royal-commission-elderly.gov.uk.

For the NHS in England, the cost of the NHS in England website (www.nhs.uk) for the year 2005-06 was £1,550,716. This figure includes hosting and maintenance, development and dedicated staff costs.

For the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA), the cost of maintenance of the NHS PASA websites (www.pasa.doh.gov.uk and nww.pasa.doh.gov.uk) for the year 2005-06 was £86,000. This cost includes dedicated staff salaries.

For the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the cost of the MHRA websites (www.mhra.gov.uk and www.gprd.com) for the year 2005-06 was £560,000. This includes editorial content, technical support, hosting and software maintenance. It also includes depreciation of software and build costs.