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Departmental Internet

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for his Department's websites in each of the last three years; and how much has been allocated for each such category of expenditure in 2009-10. (310757)

The Department operates two main websites:

1. The Department's corporate website at:

www.dh.gov.uk

2. NHS Choices at:

www.nhs.uk

The figures provided are total external costs and do not include internal staff costs.

The costs for each website are:

Department of Health corporate website

£

2007-08

Strategy and planning:

328,520.86

Design and build

647,940.75

Hosting and infrastructure

549,313.75

Content provision

128,921.09

Testing and evaluation

381,770.00

Total

2,036,466.45

2008-09

Strategy and planning:

300,925.00

Design and build

644,998.00

Hosting and infrastructure

599,870.75

Content provision

107,614.19

Testing and evaluation

381,770.00

Total

2,240,121.44

2009-10

Strategy and planning:

420,098.00

Design and build

924,035.00

Hosting and infrastructure

585.600.00

Content provision

47,799.00

Testing and evaluation

554,420.00

Total

2,531,952.00

NHS Choices

£

2007-08

Strategy and planning:

3,291,659.57

Design and build

4,266,748.79

Hosting and infrastructure

1,871,933.81

Content provision

3,010,242.69

Testing and evaluation

1.236.993.29

Total

13,677,578.14

2008-09

Strategy and planning:

8,764,040.54

Design and build

7,470,562.03

Hosting and infrastructure

3,169,335.95

Content provision

7,156,673.03

Testing and evaluation

1,300.208.47

Total

27,860,820.02

2009-10

Strategy and planning:

5,845,541.38

Design and build

6,377,614.00

Hosting and infrastructure

2,610,803.31

Content provision

5,448,688.20

Testing and evaluation

1,023,417.78

Total

21,306,064.66

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 March 2007 and January 2010, it is not possible to provide information on costs for all of these, as this would incur disproportionate costs.