Electronic Government

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Conservative, Wyre Forest

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) what steps the Government has taken to increase public awareness of official Government websites for accessing public services;

(2) what discussions he has had with internet search providers on the prioritisation in search results of official Government sites over intermediary websites for accessing public services.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government is committed to making services 'digital by default', redesigning them so that they are so straightforward and convenient that all those who can use them will choose to do so. The focus has been on providing simpler, clearer, faster information for users, rather than a public awareness campaign for our websites.

Since the launch of gov.uk it has had 41 million visits per month as opposed to 25 million for Directgov and BusinessLink (comparing July 2012 to July 2013). gov.uk has had 353 million visits since launch in October last year and was recently listed as the 51st most-visited website.

As part of my Department's transparency programme, details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on the Cabinet Office website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office/series/ministers-transparency-publications

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