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Departmental Internet

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what redesigns of websites operated by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills there have been since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) date of completion of each such redesign was. (306214)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 15 December 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for a response.

Since 27 June 2007 we have not redesigned our corporate website.

In November 2008, we made some design modifications to support the publication of Ofsted's Annual Report for 2007/8 at a cost of £1,242 and in November 2009 we made further changes to support the publication of the Annual Report 2008/9 at a cost of £2,300.

In January 2009 we redesigned our careers microsite at a cost of £4,140, with a further update at a cost of £6,700 in August 2009 to support the move to a new organisational structure.

We are currently in the process of redesigning our corporate website to improve accessibility and usability. This has followed research with users. We expect to launch this next year. We do not yet have a final figure for the cost of the redesign as it is still in process.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners and will be placed in the library of both Houses.