Departmental Internet

Health written question – answered at on 18 January 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for his Department's websites in each of the last three years; and how much has been allocated for each such category of expenditure in 2009-10.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

The Department operates two main websites:

1. The Department's corporate website at:

2. NHS Choices at:

The figures provided are total external costs and do not include internal staff costs.

The costs for each website are:

Department of Health corporate website
Strategy and planning: 328,520.86
Design and build 647,940.75
Hosting and infrastructure 549,313.75
Content provision 128,921.09
Testing and evaluation 381,770.00
Total 2,036,466.45
Strategy and planning: 300,925.00
Design and build 644,998.00
Hosting and infrastructure 599,870.75
Content provision 107,614.19
Testing and evaluation 381,770.00
Total 2,240,121.44
Strategy and planning: 420,098.00
Design and build 924,035.00
Hosting and infrastructure 585.600.00
Content provision 47,799.00
Testing and evaluation 554,420.00
Total 2,531,952.00
NHS Choices
Strategy and planning: 3,291,659.57
Design and build 4,266,748.79
Hosting and infrastructure 1,871,933.81
Content provision 3,010,242.69
Testing and evaluation 1.236.993.29
Total 13,677,578.14
Strategy and planning: 8,764,040.54
Design and build 7,470,562.03
Hosting and infrastructure 3,169,335.95
Content provision 7,156,673.03
Testing and evaluation 1,300.208.47
Total 27,860,820.02
Strategy and planning: 5,845,541.38
Design and build 6,377,614.00
Hosting and infrastructure 2,610,803.31
Content provision 5,448,688.20
Testing and evaluation 1,023,417.78
Total 21,306,064.66

Since 27 June 2007 the Department has reduced the total number of websites that it operates from 196 to 71, to meets its obligations under Transformational Government. The Department will continue to reduce this number to just two websites by the Cabinet Office deadline of July 2011.

Given the high number of websites that were in existence between March 2007 and January 2010, it is not possible to provide information on costs for all of these, as this would incur disproportionate costs.

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