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Criminal Records Bureau: Internet

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the website, www.crb.gov.uk, in each month since its inception; what the budget for the website is for 2008-09; how many staff are employed to maintain the website; and how many unique visitors there were to the website in each month since its inception. (200375)

The amount spent on the website, www.crb.gov.uk, in each year since its inception is detailed in the following table. The average monthly cost for each year is also shown. However, the exact monthly costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Monthly figures—Visitors to CRB website

Period

Number of visitors

7 December 2005 to 31 December 2005

28,977

2006

January

85,952

February

83,171

March

93, 149

April

74, 821

May

84,290

June

76,141

July

73,880

August

73, 862

September

81,030

October

86,218

November

91,677

December

64,887

2007

January

108,167

February

97,373

March

107,197

April

93,207

May

104,881

June

104,615

July

106,811

August

107,448

September

110,372

October

122,933

November

121,174

December

91,572

2008

January

142,256

February

128,869

March

129,915

April

144,092

The budget for the website for 2008-09 is £44,500 which includes the cost of an upgrade in the web support software and a redesign of the website.

The CRB employs one person whose role is to maintain and update the website. However, this is only one aspect of their role and not the only task the person carries out.

The numbers of visitors to the website in each month since December 2005 are detailed in the following table. These figures date back to the point at which the CRB acquired the package that allows them to glean such statistical data.

The CRB cannot confirm the number of unique visitors as some individuals may have visited the website on several occasions.

Website expenditure

£

Annual cost

Average cost per month

2002-03

12,079

1,007

2003-04

34,863

2,905

2004-05

18,990

1,583

2005-06

122,000

10,167

2006-07

47,262

3,938

2007-08

36,992

3,083