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Office for National Statistics: Internet

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to improve the accessibility and user-friendliness of the Office for National Statistics website. (162306)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13th November 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding what steps has been taken to improve the accessibility and user-friendliness of the Office for National Statistics website. (162306)

The Office currently has a major project underway to review and improve its website, adopting the principles of user-centred design in order to ensure that it delivers the usability and functionality that its users require. The initial improvements to its website will focus on the area explaining the Office's new independent status following the passage of the Statistics and Registration Act 2007 which comes into force in April 2008. Thereafter the intention is to roll out a programme of improvements across the statistical areas of the website by 2009.