Departmental Internet

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 6 July 2010.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Your Freedom website cost to build; what his most recent estimate is of the projected running costs for the website in each of the next three years; what the monetary value is of his Department's contract with Delib in respect of the website; on what date the creation of the website was authorised by his Department's Efficiency Board; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The total cost of building was £3,200 including vat. The application, which was bought off the shelf, is situated on an existing website

The most recent estimate for projected running costs for the website in this financial year is £19,853.98 including VAT; this includes the building costs mentioned. This is an approximation because the overall cost is related to the amount of traffic received by the application. This cost could go up or down according to volume of traffic. It is not possible to give running costs over a three year time period as the lifespan of the project has not yet been decided.

The creation of the Your Freedom website did not come before the Efficiency Board as the estimated cost was below the £20,000 threshold for approval.

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