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Departmental Internet

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 840W, on departmental internet, what the cost was of the website redesign. (321930)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 December 2009, namely, it is not possible to break down the costs for the 2008 redesign because the redesign costs were part of the wider Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) web platform project, which was delivered by Logica. Logica subcontracted elements of the project out (for example, to XM for design, to Alterian for the content management system, to Verizon for hosting). The amount Logica paid subcontractors for the design work is commercially protected and not known to the FCO.

In October 2009, the FCO redesigned the FCO corporate site:

The work was completed using in-house resources at no additional cost. The in-house resources cannot be disaggregated from the ongoing cost of maintaining the FCO web platform.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many designs for its (a) internal website and (b) intranet his Department has commissioned since 2005; and what the cost was of each such design. (321988)

FCONet, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office intranet, has had two redesigns since 2005. The first design was commissioned to an external company at a cost of £28,680 and released in February 2008. The second design is being carried out now for release by 31 March 2010 and involves minor changes to refresh some aspects of the design. The design was provided by an internal designer as part of our ongoing commitment to seek value for money and is being applied to the intranet by our standing development team at no additional cost.

FCONet is the FCO's core internal communications and information tool and recently won an ‘Award of Excellence' from Communicators in Business who described the intranet as “a definite beacon of best practice.”