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Departments: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many websites her Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has been of running her Department’s websites in the last five years. (157861)

During 2005 we had 22 unique websites plus 13 separately hosted sub-domains. As at 31 August 2007 the Department operated 16 unique websites and six separately hosted sub-domains.

To produce annual costs for all the Department’s websites for each of the last five years would incur disproportionate cost. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 4 July 2006, Official Report, column 958W to the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry) for the list of websites under the Department’s responsibility, and the annual running costs of those sites.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hits the (a) most and (b) least popular website run by her Department has received since 1 January 2007. (157862)

The Department does not centrally hold web usage statistics for all of its websites. Based on those sites where figures are held centrally and using the monthly unique visitor figures, the most frequently visited site is the corporate website: www.communities., which averaged 247,839 unique visitors per month from January to June 2007 and the least frequently visited site was the specialist local government site Best Value Performance Indicators:, which averaged 350 unique visitors per month over the same period.