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Departments: Internet

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost was of running his Department’s websites in each of the last five years. (157837)

The principal websites for which BERR has been responsible are:

www.berr.gov.uk

www.accountingforpeople.gov.uk

www.autoindustry.co.uk

www.communicationswhitepaper.gov.uk/

www.csr.gov.uk

www.qualitymark.org.uk

www.queensawards.org.uk

www.ukishelp.co.uk

www.berrstats.gov.uk

www.og.dti.gov.uk

A full list of all websites currently operated by BERR and its related public bodies is not held centrally, nor does such information exist centrally for the position at 1 January 2005. BERR is currently undertaking a review of sites as part of the Cabinet Office’s process of website rationalisation. The cost of maintaining the core BERR site is included in a single annual charge—currently £979,000, to include all support activities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. (157838)

BERR collates centrally the statistical information on visits to its core website, www.berr.gov.uk. A full list of statistical information for other websites operated by BERR and related public bodies is not held centrally.

For the period 1 January 2007 to 31 August 2007, www.berr.gov.uk had:

Number

Visits

6,607,142

Visitors

6,083,250

Page views

23,570,525