To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.
The Ministry of Defence and armed forces collectively maintain four principal websites. These sites are key channels to enable MOD to keep the public informed of defence activities, provide information about MOD and support recruitment.
In support of the Transformational Government agenda, we have made significant progress in rationalising other Defence websites. The closure of some 53 websites has enabled us to make savings and improve the clarity and effectiveness of the departmental web presence. A further 19 sites are committed to close by
The four remaining principal Defence websites register a high volume of web traffic. Annual page views for the corporate MOD site, www.mod.uk, have increased by 65 per cent. from 2006-09, from 17.5 million to 29 million.
Annual unique visitor numbers for www.mod.uk have increased by 34 per cent. over the same period, from 3.2 million to 4.3 million.
Expenditure for the four remaining principal sites over the last three financial years is summarised in the following table. Expenditure on these has increased while other websites have closed. Expenditure breakdown by category is not available for these financial years as this requirement was not introduced until
|MOD corporate website: www.mod.uk||177,875||325,600||464,853|
|Royal Navy: www.royalnavy.mod.uk||270,000||283,000||283,000|
|British Army: www.army.mod.uk||235,000||426,500||501,814|
|Royal Air Force: www.raf.mod.uk||173,859||155,000||425,241|
Projected expenditure broken down by category for the 2009-10 financial year for the four principal websites is detailed in the following table. Figures are exclusive of internal staff costs.
|Website||Strategy and planning||Design and build||Hosting and infrastructure||Content provision||Testing and evaluation||Total|
|Ministry of Defence: www.mod.uk||0||(1)417,900||126,000||(2)292||8,070||(1)552,262|
|Royal Navy: www.royalnavy.mod.uk||100,000||(3)74,000||109,000||0||(4)-||283,000|
|British Army: www.army.mod.uk||15,875||24,870||118,651||(2)1,704||25,300||186,400|
|Royal Air Force: www.raf.mod.uk||22,085||147,691||49,675||0||2,938||222,389|
|(1) This figure also includes expenditure on MOD's internal Defence intranet. |
(2) Translation services.
(3) Includes testing and evaluation.
(4) Included in design and build.
A number of other websites are run by different parts of the Ministry of Defence, but these are not managed centrally. Information on these sites could be provided only at disproportionate cost.