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Departmental Internet

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department and its predecessor have commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of each such design. (321995)

The Department’s internal website is the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) intranet. Since 2005 the intranet has been completely redesigned and rebuilt twice. Only the most recent design in 2009 required design work to be commissioned. The total cost for this work is as follows:

Total cost for design work commissioned for the MOJ intranet—2009

Task

Staff

Days

Rate (£)

Cost (£)

Design drafts

Senior designer

7.5

590

4,425

Project management

Project manager

0.5

600

300

Total

4,725

The MOJ intranet was created in 2007 to meet the needs of the new Ministry of Justice. The new Ministry brought together a number of disparate bodies and the intranet was a key element in building the cohesion of the organisation.

The intranet is the main channel of communication for Ministry of Justice staff across the Department providing up-to-date information on corporate issues. It also provides a wide range of information and resources which make a major contribution to the efficient running of the Department and gives staff quick and easy access to many of the tools they need to do their jobs.

The intranet was redesigned and rebuilt in 2009. The new intranet provides quick and easier access to information therefore contributing to increased efficiency in the work of the Department. A more modern look and feel helps to bring the experience of using the intranet into line with the expectations of staff who use other online channels both at work and at home. The intranet provides a central focus for all staff, is able to be accessed across the organisation, and helps join up the Ministry and its staff.