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Departments: Internet

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (135719)

The Department has ownership of two main websites. They are:

1: The Department of Health website (www.dh.gov.uk)

Visits

2004-05

8,643,914

2005-06

10,980,854

2006-07

10,168,508

Costs:

(a) the cost of establishing the Departmental corporate website site on a new service in 2006-07 was £1,570,000

(b) the cost of maintaining the existing service in parallel in 2006-07 was £2,343,643. This includes the cost of contingency arrangements due to the late delivery of the new service, most of which will be recovered in compensation from the supplier.

2. The NHS website (www.nhs.uk)

Visits

2005-06

12,404,000

2006-07

17,657,409

Costs:

The cost in 2006-07 (covering development, content, delivery and staffing) was £1.7 million.

In addition to the two main websites (above), the Department funds and/or manages a further 111 websites.

The Department is actively engaged in reducing this number of sites, in accordance with the guidelines and timetables set for website rationalisation under Transformational Government.

Indeed, the Department has already shut down 27 websites and has plans in place to terminate 53 sites out of the 111 figure above. By the end of this project in 2011, all 111 sites will either be closed or migrated to DH.gov.uk, NHS.uk, NHS Direct, Directgov or Business Link.

The information in the table lists visitor figures for 35 sites. To assemble the statistics for the other sites would incur disproportionate cost.

The total estimated cost for these websites in 2006-07 was £699,134. This cost is approximate and cannot be broken down further. Some sites include campaign expenditure and start-up funding and therefore costs will be spread over a period of years.

Other Department of health websites: Average monthly visits, 2006-07

Visits

www.hepc.nhs.uk

6,750

www.immunisation.nhs.uk

35,000

www.gosmokefree.co.uk

167,500

www.condomessentialwear.co.uk

181,000

www.stayinghard.info

1103,000

www.talktofrank.com

1443,000

www.uglysmoking.info

1123,000

www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk

3,250

www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk

6,000

www.photolibrary.nhs.uk

200

www.mmrthefacts.nhs.uk

20,000

www.nhscommslink.nhs.uk

1,625

www.pathologyimprovement.nhs.uk

1,500

www.clean-safe-care.nhs.uk

850

www.18weeks.nhs.uk

9,000

www.socialworkandcare.co.uk

123,000

www.smokefreeengland.co.uk

16,000

www.nhsprocure21.dh.gov.uk

1000

www.nhs-procure21.gov.uk

1500

www.info.doh.gov.uk/doh/iar.nsf?open

150

www.info.doh.gov.uk/doh/notice.nsf/frames2?openform

200

www.info.doh.gov.uk/renalnsf/renaltrans.nsf

36

www.info.doh.gov.uk/doh/depisusers.nsf/Main?readForm

369

www.info.doh.gov.uk/doh/oldpeople.nsf/main?readform

138

www.info.doh.gov.uk/pathology/patdis01.nsf

329

www.info.doh.gov.uk/publichealth/hidis.nsf

197

www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk

64,000

www.info.doh.gov.uk/cmo/CMOUpdate.nsf/RegistrationMenu?OpenForm

61

www.info.doh.gov.uk/Cvts/VTSPCW.nsf

24

www.info.doh.gov.uk/doh/embroadcast.nsf

1,150

www.info.doh.gov.uk/nhs/cdoweb.nsf/Main?OpenFrameset

181

www.info.doh.gov.uk/nhsfactsheets.nsf

2,600

www.info.doh.gov.uk/sar/cmopatie.nsf

3,039

www.nationalleadershipnetwork.org

800

www.performance.doh.gov.uk

96,000

Total monthly visits

1,112,449

1 Peak figure when running campaigns.