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Departmental Internet

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what redesigns of websites operated by his Department have taken place since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) date of completion of each such redesign was. (306159)

The Department for International Development's (DFID's) website has been redeveloped to allow greater scope for engagement with the UK and overseas public. The redeveloped site allows DFID to give far more detail of projects and programmes than before and is easier for the web visitor to navigate and search.

The work was undertaken in three phases:

September 2008—a short term refresh to the homepage design.

December 2008—next step in the graphical design of the website including more multimedia content.

April 2009—completion of web redevelopment and design with introduction of a content management system.

The costs were £970,419, which include design, build, testing, hosting, licensing and management.