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Departments: Internet

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (157765)

The Department runs 25 main Government websites (URL domains). In addition the Department operates a number of sub-sites falling under the main domains.

There would be a disproportionate cost to provide the further information requested.

The Department is working towards consolidation of all its websites. Public-facing content is being migrated to Directgov and business content to Business Link.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hits the (a) most and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. (157766)

The Department’s corporate website (www.dcsf.gov.uk), including the former Department for Education and Skills site (www.dfes.gov.uk), was the most popular during this period with 8,660,722 unique visitors. The Foundation Degree site (http://www.foundationdegree.org.uk) was the least popular with 62,619 unique visitors during this period.