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Departments: Internet

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for which Government websites she is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the cost (a) was of establishing and (b) has been of maintaining each site. (135720)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has responsibility for 211 FCO websites, which cost £6 million to establish in 2001 and cost £650,000 to maintain in the year 2006-07. These websites include the main FCO Website, Ukvisas website, more than 180 embassy and high commission websites and the i-UK.com portal website. These fall under the following key domains with the associated number of visitors:

Domain

Visitors

www.fco.gov.uk1

8,255,352

www.britishembassy.gov.uk1

6,798,276

www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk1

3,025,405

www.ukvisas.gov.uk

5,326,484

www.i-uk.com1

613,740

www .gogapyear.com2

20,921

1 Figures only available between 1 July 2006 and 30 April 2007. Monthly average taken to calculate 12 month total.

2 Figures available between 1 September 2006 and 30 March 2007. Monthly average taken to calculate 12 month total.

These figures do not include 12 websites that have been run independently of the FCO web platform. We do not have figures for the number of visitors or cost of these sites. They are:

www.britainusa.com

www.britishembassy.ie

www.britishembassy.se

www.uknow.or.jp

www.uk.cn

www.britaus.net

www.bhcvictoria.sc

www.britain.or.ug

www.britischebotschaft.de

www.britemb.org.il

www.ukun.org