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Departments: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (157921)

Current figures for the Department for Transport and its executive agencies are as follows:

80 operating websites have been identified, 71 of these have been listed for closure by end 2011 of which 17 have already closed.

The Department is currently undertaking a programme of website rationalisation under the Transformational Government Agenda. Figures for central Government Department websites were published in January this year in the Transformational Government Annual Report 2006 as part of the departmental website review (http://www.cio.gov.uk/transformational_government/annual_report_2006/). Updated figures were subsequently reported in the National Audit Office Government on the Internet Report published in July 2007. (http://www.governmentontheweb.org/access_reports.asp)

There is no central list of departmental sites that operated in January 2005 and to obtain such a retrospective list could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Estimated running costs for departmental sites where available, were previously provided to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 15 May 2007, Official Report, columns 648-49W. No additional information for running costs for the last five years is available.