Departmental Internet

Defence written question – answered on 27 July 2010.

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Photo of Graham Evans Graham Evans Conservative, Weaver Vale

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on website design in each year since 1997.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

We operate four principal websites, one for the corporate Ministry of Defence (MOD) and one for each of the armed forces. Design costs are available for these websites from 2005-06.

Financial year MOD corporate Royal Navy British Army Royal Air Force
2005-06 400 270 0 0
2006-07 0 0 266 120
2007-08 150 110 75 0
2008-09 0 0 0 0
2009-10 (1)418 298 25 215
(1) Includes the costs of the internal Defence intranet which are not recorded separately.

Other MOD websites are not managed centrally, and their cost could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

From 2009-10, the costs of the MOD corporate website will be published centrally in an annual report on central Government websites. The annual report for 2009-10 is available at the following link:

Information on the cost of the websites of our agencies and non-departmental public bodies will be included in the report from 2010-11.

On current plans, we plan to close a number of our smaller websites by 31 March 2011, both to save money and to improve the coherence and effectiveness of our web presence.

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