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Departmental Internet

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department's website has been temporarily unavailable due to a technical problem in each year for which figures are available. (266831)

Between February 2004 and March 2007, the Department's website was hosted as part of a shared service run by the Office of the e-Envoy. During this period there were no occasions when the website was temporarily unavailable due to a technical problem.

In March 2007, the Department's website transferred to a new managed service, shared with Directgov. Since then, the Department's website has been temporarily unavailable due to a technical problem as follows: five occasions between March 2007 and December 2007, 11 occasions between January 2008 and December 2008 and four occasions from January 2009 to date.