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Departmental Internet

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what redesigns of websites of (a) his Department, (b) its predecessors and (c) its agencies were carried out since 27 June 2007; what the cost to the public purse was of each redesign; and when each redesign was conducted. (305952)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was created on 5 June by merging the former BERR and DIUS. A website at www.bis.gov.uk was set up. The design of this website was upgraded in September at zero cost, with all work done in-house by the Department’s digital media team.

BERR and DIUS were created in June 2007 from the former DTI and the former Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

The DTI website was redesigned and rebuilt to reflect the priorities and remit of BERR. The site was relaunched in September 2008 at a cost of £528,912.

An interim DIUS website was launched in October 2007. A redesigned version was launched in March at a cost of £105,167.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 7 December 2009, UIN 305952, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Since 27 June 2007 there has been no re-design of Companies House website, and therefore no cost to the public purse.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 9 December 2009:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 7 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The National Measurement Office website underwent a complete re-development between September and December 2008. The cost directly attributable to this work by an external web development supplier was £20,649.68 plus VAT. In addition it is estimated that across the Agency some £45,000 of staff time was devoted to this project.

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 9 December 2009:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 07 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Cost to the public purse:

The Intellectual Property Office website redesign cost £355,000.

When the redesign was conducted:

The Intellectual Property Office website was redesigned and launched on 1 December 2008.

Background Note:

The original website launched in May 1997. Recent enhancements to the website were introduced as a result of extensive user consultation. The new website better provides guidance and tools to professional users, individuals and businesses in the UK to help them better understand, manage and benefit from Intellectual Property.

Letter from Stephen Speed:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question if he will list any re-designs of websites held by (a) his Department, (b) its predecessors and (c) its agencies since 27 June 2007; what the cost to the public purse was of each redesign; and when each redesign was conducted.

The Insolvency Service has not re-designed its website since 27 June 2007.