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Departments: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. (157881)

The Northern Ireland Office operates 15 websites. On 1 January 2005 the Department operated 11 websites. The estimated annual cost of running the Department's websites in each of the last five years is detailed in the following table.

Estimated cost (£)

2002-03

28,355

2003-04

34,331

2004-05

30,374

2005-06

56,103

2006-07

39,837

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. (157882)

The most popular website run by the Northern Ireland Office is www.nio.gov.uk; it received 8,767,572 hits between 1 January 2007 and 31 August 2007.

The website used least was www.howsecureismyhome.com; it received 5,909 hits over this same period.