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Departmental Internet

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what redesigns of websites operated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been carried out since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) cost to the public purse and (ii) date of completion of each such redesign was. (306164)

The Ministry of Defence and armed forces collectively maintain four corporate websites. Identified redesign and implementation costs on these are provided in the following table.

Website

URL

Cost (£)

Note

Ministry of Defence

www.mod.uk

150,000

The redesign consisted of 17 work packages during the period June 2007-end March 20081

Royal Navy

www.royalnavy.mod.uk

n/a

This site has not been redesigned since 27 June 2007

British Army

www.army.mod.uk

75,000

Redesign was completed 30 May 20082

Royal Air Force

www.raf.mod.uk

n/a

This site has not been redesigned since 27 June 2007

1 Packages of work included: general template enhancements, home page, accessibility and multimedia improvements, development of user-generated page rating functionality, FOI database enhancements.

2 Design phase included information architecture, navigation schema, look and feel.

Staff costs are excluded as redesign costs cannot be disaggregated from the ongoing cost of maintaining the websites.

In addition, the Department also maintains the following websites classed as Executive agencies by Central Office of Information (COI) within the Service Transformation Agreement.

Website

URL

Cost (£)

Note

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

www.veterans-uk.info

n/a

Expected completion date of redesign is end December 20091

UK Defence Standardisation

www.dstan.mod.uk

n/a

This site has not been redesigned since 27 June 2007

Defence Analytical Services Agency

www.dasa.mod.uk

n/a

Redesign was completed in April 20082

Defence Analytical Services Agency

www.dasasurveys.mod.uk

n/a

This site has not been redesigned since 27 June 2007. The website is no longer in use

Disposal Services Authority

www.edisposals.com

12,000

The redesign consisted of the addition of a portal page and MOD art gallery prints completed in phases during 2009

Defence Contracts Bulletin

www.contracts.mod.uk

n/a

Redesign was completed in October 20073

British Forces Post Office

www.bfpo.mod.uk

n/a

This site has not been redesigned since 27 June 2007

1 No hard costs as the redesign is being carried out in-house.

2 The redesign was implemented using existing DASA web team resources only. There were no non-staffing costs associated with the redesign. It is not possible to distinguish between redesign resource and routine website maintenance and development resource over the period of the redesign.

3 The redesign was undertaken at no cost to the MOD through a concession contract with a third party. No public funds have been expended on maintaining, updating and providing the website since its inception in 2002 or will be expended in FY 2009-10.

A number of other websites are run by different parts of the Ministry of Defence, but these are not managed centrally. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.