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Departmental Internet

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 19 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on maintaining its website in the last 12 months. (272488)

Maintenance of DWP websites including

is mostly carried out by the Department's own in-house digital media team. It is not possible for us to quantify internal staff costs because, in most cases, staff are engaged in more than one role. In addition, we are unable to establish accurately our infrastructure costs because they form part of a wider departmental IT contract.

DWP have worked with the Central Office of Information to develop a standardised method for quantifying website costs across Government. This will be implemented from March 2009.