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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the monthly administrative costs of his blog; and what the budget for the blog is for 2007-08. (99428)

It is estimated that around 10 hours of staff time per month is spent administering the Secretary of State’s blog, the cost of which is estimated at £300. In addition, technical support costs around £900 per year. It is expected it will cost a similar amount to administer the blog in 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff hours each month on average are taken up administering his blog, broken down by (a) grade and (b) office or directorate of his Department in which the staff work. (99429)

On average, around 10 staff hours are taken up administering the Secretary of State’s blog each month. This involves staff at Grade 7, Senior Information Officers and Higher Executive Officers, all based in the Communications Directorate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many unique visitors there were to his blog in each month since May. (99430)

Between 5 May and 3 November 2006 there were over 90,000 direct hits on the Secretary of State’s blog. It is not possible to provide figures on unique visitors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have visited his blog only once. (99431)

It is not possible to provide figures for the number of people who have visited the Secretary of State’s blog only once.