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Departments: Websites

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which Government websites he 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. (135738)

Since publication of the Transformational Government Strategy in November 2005, the Home Office has been actively engaged in developing an e-communications strategy that centralises the operation and management of all Home Office websites.

The names of all sites managed by the Home Office, as per the Transformational Government annual report published December 2006, will be placed in the Library of the House.

In May 2007, following the handover of 13 websites to the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Home Office reported:

52 closing sites (39 already earmarked for closure and a further 13 moving to MOJ)

33 remaining of which:

One is the main Home Office departmental site

10 are sub-domains of this site

Three agencies

15 NDPBs

One inspectorate

Three extranets

Of these websites, only about half are managed by the central Home Office web team. The others are all operated by the web team or agency of the Home Office entity, agency or NDPB responsible.