HC Deb 24 May 2004 vol 421 c1304
27. Mr. Robert Key (Salisbury) (Con)

How many (a) hits and (b) unique visits per day were received by the Church Commissioners' website in April 2004 [174919]

Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Stuart Bell)

I can tell the hon. Gentleman that the Church Commissioners' website is part of a Church of England family of sites, which currently receives some 3 million hits a month.

Mr. Key

I look forward to hearing that that figure has jumped to 6 million, because the Church of England lags some way behind other churches in this respect. I hope not only that adequate resources will be provided centrally for the Church Commissioners' website, but that every encouragement will be given to all dioceses to use their websites much more effectively than at present.

Sir Stuart Bell

The hon. Gentleman makes an encouraging suggestion. I can tell him that the commissioners' website continues to develop. In 2003, guidance on the commissioners' residential lettings policy and available properties was added. I shall carry the hon. Gentleman's recommendation back to the Church, and I hope that he will see something exciting and interesting in the months to come.