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Departmental Internet

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the redesign and implementation of his new departmental website. (190256)

The Department relaunched its corporate website ( on 10 February 2008 following a project to redesign the site and restructure the content. The total cost of the redesign and implementation project was £513,000. This includes user research, visual and template design, content review and restructure, technical build, test and deployment, and testing.

The relaunch of the Department's website was far more than a simple 'redesign'. As well as incorporating a new graphic design, the entire website structure was completely changed to reflect better the work of the Department and its priorities. The Department's website was last redesigned four years ago. User research and customer feedback demonstrated that it had become outdated and content was increasingly difficult to find. Feedback suggests that this redesign has significantly improved the ease with which users find information on the site.