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Departmental Internet

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in 2008-09; and what forecast he has made of the cost of maintaining these websites for which his Department is responsible in 2009-10. (297742)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was formed on 5 June by the merger of the former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

The costs of maintaining the BERR website (www.berr. gov.uk) in 2008/09 were:

£

Strategy and planning—site content mapping and analysis

34,995

Design and build

272,811

Hosting and infrastructure (including licensing and technical support for Content Management System)

286,183

Testing and evaluation

39,186

Total

633,175

The costs of maintaining the DIUS website (www.dius.gov.uk) from July 2008 to June 2009 were:

£

Development

106,471

Design

105,443

Changes

81,000

Hosting (including domain registration and licensing)

334,600

Co-location

22,000

Total

649,514

Since the creation of BIS, three websites are being operated: a new interim BIS site (while a new website is being developed) and the websites for the former BERR and the former DIUS.

Spend to date on maintaining the BIS website (www.bis.gov.uk) is:

£

Website design

16,158

Hosting setup

1,160

Hosting (monthly charge)

449

Spend to date on maintaining the former BERR website (www.berr.gov.uk) is:

£

Strategy and planning

n/a

Design and build

1,922.50

Hosting and infrastructure (including licensing and technical support for Content Management System)

295,779

Testing and evaluation

11,570

Total

309,271.50

Spend to date on maintaining the former DIUS website (www.dius.gov.uk) is:

DIUS hosting cost (for April 2009 to November 2009): £62,278.24.