Departments: Internet

International Development written question – answered on 10th May 2007.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which Government websites he is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the cost (a) was of establishing and (b) has been of maintaining each site.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

DFID currently has 48 sites that receive departmental funding. Under the transformational Government website rationalisation strategy we are in the process of reducing this number. Details of costs and the number of visitors for four of the main DFID funded sites are given in the following table. Compiling visitor and cost information for all 48 sites could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Website Average visitors per month Cost of establishing the site Annual cost of maintaining the site
Date Number Date (£) Date (£)
DFID main site www.dfid.qov.uk 2006 60,000 Not available for original site set up over 10 years ago 2007 101,312
January to April 2007 70,000 Not available for original site set up over 10 years ago
Developments Magazine www.developments.org.uk June 2006 to April 2007 11,000 Not available 2007 12,000
Research for Development portal www.research4development.info April 2006 to March 2007 3,100 2005 293,464 2006 366,067
2007 460,493
AIDSPortal www.aidsportal.org May 2006 to April 2007 4,000 June 2004 to October 2006 355,000 2007 27,500

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