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Departments: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has been of running his Department's websites in the last five years. (157877)

In its May 2007 departmental website review, DFID identified 48 sites that had received departmental funding. Figures are not available for 1 January 2005. Three of these sites have subsequently closed as part of our ongoing efforts to rationalise the number of websites we support. Details of the costs of the four main DFID-funded sites are given in the table. Compiling cost information for other departmental websites could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Website

Annual cost of running the site (£)

DFID main site—www.dfid.gov.uk1

2007

101,312

2006

99,708

2005

94,848

2004

95,139

2003

93,703

Developments Magazine— www.developments.org.uk

2007

7,862

2006

11,846

2005

10,552

2004

8,813

2003

8,460

Research for Development portal— www.research4development.info2

2007

43,686

2006

14,446

AIDSPortal—www.aidsportal.org3

2007

27,500

1 Figures include staffing costs. 2 Site launched in 2006. Figures exclude development costs. 3 Previous years’ costs were development costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. (157878)

In its May 2007 departmental website review, DFID identified 48 sites that had received departmental funding. Compiling visitor information for all these sites could be done only at disproportionate cost. Visitor figures for the main DFID site (www.dfid.gov.uk) for the period 1 January to 31 August 2007 are as follows.

Number

Page views

3,968,908

Unique users

315,392

User sessions

1,181,043