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Departmental Internet

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what websites his Department has operated other than its main departmental website over the last five years; and what the operating budget for those websites was; (251355)

(2) what websites his Department operates apart from its main departmental website; and what the operating budget for each of those websites is in 2008-09.

Tables have been placed in the Libraries of the House showing websites operated over the last five years and their operating costs. Total operating costs are not yet available for the current financial year.

Where annual operating costs are not available this is due to a number of reasons; either the site has only recently been available and costs are only applicable for the current financial year; the costs are part of a much larger contract and cannot be itemised; or the costs cannot be calculated without incurring disproportionate costs. Figures provided do not include staff costs.

The Department for Transport intends to measure website costs in line with the proposed guidance issued by the Central Office of Information, 'Measuring website costs (TG128)', starting from the financial year 2009-10.