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Departments: Internet

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has considered the merits of merging the Respect, Together and Crime Reduction websites in order to improve the clarity of information provided to the public; (126421)

(2) what the annual running costs were of the (a) Respect, (b) Together and (c) Crime Reduction websites in the most recent year for which figures are available.

[holding answer 9 March 2007]: The Crime Reduction website promotes positive crime reduction messages from a broad range of organisations—governmental and non-governmental—both from within the UK and overseas and is aimed at practitioners working to reduce criminal activity. The Respect website, which replaced the Together website in October 2006, aims to inform a broader range of practitioners about dealing with antisocial behaviour by tackling the underlying causes, how to intervene early where problems occur and how to work closely with local communities to effect sustainable improvements. Both websites have been designed to meet the different information needs of these two audiences and are not aimed at providing information for the public generally. We have no plans to merge these sites.

The annual cost for the technical support of the Crime Reduction site for 2006 is £113, 307. The accumulated costs for the Respect website for 2006-07 are £73,000. There are no associated running costs with the Together website as it is hosted by the Home Office and is no longer updated. Visitors to the site are signposted to the Respect website.