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Departmental Internet

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hits his Department’s blog has received in each month since its launch. (248515)

The number of visits to the Secretary of State’s blog each month since its launch in October 2008 is set out in the following table:

Month

Number of hits

October 2008

5,077

November 2008

4,910

December 2008

4,450

January 2009

5,142

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department has taken to publicise its blog; and what the cost of such activity was. (248516)

The Secretary of State launched his blog:

http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/secretary-of-state-blog/

on 6 October 2008. It was publicised by press notice as part of the departmental press office’s routine communications activity, and as such it is not possible to provide a discrete cost.