To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
The Ministry of Defence and armed forces collectively maintain four corporate websites. Expenditure on design consultancy cannot be separated from website redesign and implementation costs overall. Costs for redesign and implementation in the last three years, including design consultancy and other costs, are shown in the following table.
|Website and URL||Cost (£)|
|MOD corporate website: http://www.mod.uk||2007-08||150,000|
|Royal Navy: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk||2007||110,000|
|British Army: http://www.army.mod.uk||2008(1)||266,500|
|Royal Air Force: http://www.raf.mod.uk||2006-07||119,579|
|(1) The British Army website redesign launched on 30 May 2008; the redesign project launched in 2006 and preparatory design work was carried out between 2006 and 2008.|