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Departmental Internet

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what re-designs of websites operated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) cost to the public purse and (ii) date of completion of each such re-design was. (306160)

The Department operates three main websites:

The Department of Health corporate website (www.dh.gov.uk)

NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)

Connecting for Health (www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk).

Since 27 June 2007 each has undergone the following re-designs listed as follows, with the given costs and completion dates:

The Department of Health corporate website

Number of re-designs since 27 June 2007: 1

Date on which re-design was completed: 11 February 2008

Total cost: £513,000.00.

NHS Choices

Number of re-designs since 27 June 2007: 0

Date on which re-design was completed: Not applicable

Total cost: Nil.

Connecting for Health

Number of re-designs since 27 June 2007: 1

Date on which re-design was completed: July 2009

Total cost: All work was completed using internal resource and formed part of the ongoing maintenance of the site.

Since 27 June 2007 the Department has reduced the total number of websites that it operates from 196 to 71, to meets its obligations under Transformational Government. The Department will continue to reduce this number to just two websites by the Cabinet Office deadline of July 2011.

Given the high number of websites that were in existence between 27 June 2007 and December 2009, it is not possible to provide information on re-designs for all of these as this would incur disproportionate costs.

The Department has two executive agencies that each operate their own website. These are:

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA).

Since 27 June 2007 the MHRA website and the PASA website have not undergone any re-designs.