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Government Websites

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the URL is of each Government website which has been closed as part of the Government's programme of website consolidation. (117630)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Martin Horwood) on 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2127W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many individual visitors accessed the Directgov website via (a) Sky, (b) Ntl, (c) Telewest and (d) mobile phones in the last year for which figures are available. (117631)

Figures for Sky, Ntl and Telewest are only available since the launch of a new application in mid-August 2006. It should be noted that these figures are for visits to Directgov and not for individual visitors. Television access can be used by a number of individuals within a household, making it impossible to accurately measure unique visitors.

In the five month period from August 2006 to mid January 2007, visits (rounded to the nearest thousand) are shown in the following table.

Visits to Directgov


Television access







Mobile phone access


1Number of visits in the 11 months from February 2006 to December 2006

Early indications from audience research currently in progress on the Directgov digital TV service are that users are primarily those who do not use, or rarely use, the internet. They are also more likely to be unemployed or homemakers.

The Directgov mobile phone service is currently in the pilot stage and to date has received no marketing. The service launched in December 2005 was a limited information service only available to O2 i-mode customers. Visitor numbers are not available for the first two months whilst the additional tracking, necessary for measuring visitor numbers, was built.