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Departments: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. (157869)

The Department of Work and Pensions currently operates 21 websites. On 1 January 2005, the Department operated 25 websites.

Production, management and maintenance of DWP websites is carried out by the Department's own in-house E-Communications team. It is not possible to quantify internal costs for each site.

Contracted and quantifiable costs have been included where possible—these include payments to suppliers for services such as research, user testing and site builds, and payment to interim personnel.

Table A lists those websites operated by Department for Work and Pensions where the Department is responsible for the content.

Table A

£

Contracted and quantifiable costs

Website name and address

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Department for Work and Pensions—www.dwp.gov.uk

0

0

101,467

1,954

8,116

Jobcentre Plus—www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

17,183,000

The Pension Service—www.thepensionservice.gov.uk

188,093

186,950

0

182,000

0

Child Support Agency—www.csa.gov.uk

0

31,000

0

Age Positive—www.agepositive.gov.uk

0

0

Benefit Fraud Inspectorate—www.bfi.gov.uk

0

Office for Disability Issues—www.officefordisability.gov.uk

46,000

European Social Fund—www.esf.gov.uk

0

41,000

0

Rent Service—www.therentservice.gov.uk

Totals

188,093

186,950

101,467

17,438,954

54,116

— = Figures are not available.

Note:

The figure for the financial year 2005/06 includes the cost of hosting, supporting, maintaining and developing the Jobcentre Plus website and its transactional services. It would incur disproportionate cost to obtain figures for previous financial years and more complete information for 2006-07.

Table B lists those websites operated by the Department for Work and Pensions where the Department is not responsible for the content.

Table B

£

Contracted and quantifiable costs

Website name and address

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Disability Employment Advisory Committee—www.deac.org.uk

0

Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board—www.dlaab.org.uk

0

Employer Task Force—www.employertaskforce.org.uk

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force—www.emetaskforce.gov.uk

0

Images of Disability—www.imagesofdisability.gov.uk

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

Independent Case Examiner—www.ind-case-exam.org.uk

0

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council—www.iiac.org.uk

0

National Employment Panel—www.nationalemploymentpanel.gov.uk

0

Pensions At Work—www.pensionsatwork.gov.uk

n/a

n/a

0

Pensions Commission—www.pensionscommission.org.uk

n/a

0

Fair Cities—www.faircities.net

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

Social Security Advisory Committee—www.ssac.org.uk

0

Total

0

— = Figures are not available

n/a = Site yet to be launched.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hits the (a) most and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1st January 2007. (157870)

The visitor statistics for the most popular and least popular websites run by the Department for Work and Pensions during the period 1 January to 31 August 2007 are as follows:

Website

Visitors

Unique visitors

(a) Jobcentre Plus

www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

80,014,136

135,295,624

219,337,955

(b) Disability Employment Advisory Committee

www.deac.org.uk

8,509

2,246

1 By IP address

2 By page tagging

Notes:

1. Hits—This statistic is not used because it is not a reliable measure of how many pages are being looked at. It does not provide information about how many people visit the site.

2. Visits—Number of times a visitor or visitors came to the site. Each visit is recorded separately for every visit more than 30 minutes apart.

3. Unique visitors—Individuals who visited the site during the report period. If someone visits more than once, they are counted only the first time they visit. For Jobcentre Plus, unique visitors are counted in two different ways, and both measures are included here for consistency with other PQs.