Departmental Internet

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 22nd November 2010.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's budget is for websites for 2011-12.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The BIS website budget for 2011-12 has not yet been finalised, but I am able to provide an outline of planned spend for the corporate website,

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£180,000 is contractually committed for the annual web hosting and service charge.

Between £80,000 and £100,000 will be spent on website maintenance and development.

Around £20,000 will be required for standards compliance and performance management activities, as mandated by Central Office of Information.

Staff requirements for 2011-12 have yet to be determined.

As a result of web convergence, there will also be cost associated with migrating BIS partner organisation websites onto the BIS web platform. For 2011-12 this is estimated to be £150,000 in total, based on an assumption of nine partners joining the platform. This cost will be paid by those partners.

It should be noted that the new BIS web platform, launched in March 2010, will cost £2.5 million less over four years compared to the cost of the previous contract. And by offering that platform as a shared service for our partner organisations, the BIS family stands to save up to £2 million more.

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