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Departmental Internet

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of maintaining his Department’s website in the 2008-09 financial year; and what the forecast cost is of maintaining websites within his responsibility in the 2009-10 financial year. (302411)

The Digital Communications Unit was created in 2008. The programme budget in the year 2008-09 was £12.5 million and in 2009-10 planned expenditure of £10.8 million.

The remit of the unit covers all online services from the Department including elements of Direct Gov, Teachers TV and essential e-mail communications and phone line support services to local authorities, regional government offices and to all schools.

The cost of maintaining/developing the Department’s website at:

www.dcsf.gov.uk

is as follows:

2008/09—£1,009,484

2009/10—£515,415