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Departments: Internet

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (157897)

In January 2005, the Home Office operated more than 100 websites across the estate.

As of September 2007, website rationalisation driven by the Transformational Government agenda, the Home Office now operates 34 websites:

the Home Office department website and its sub-domains

19 agency and/or non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs)

14 websites identified as soon or eventually to close under Transformational Government

The estimated annual cost of running all of these websites in any of the last five years, including this one, cannot be compiled without incurring disproportionate costs. However, we know from the NAO report (which surveyed the core Home Office and 13 of its agencies and public bodies) that the Home Office spent £17.9 million on websites in 2005-06.