HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc510-1W
Mr. Maclennan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on(a) advertising and (b) acknowledging company sponsorship on the websites of his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies; which companies (i) have placed advertisements and (ii) are acknowledged as sponsors on those websites; how much revenue has been received for each financial year since 1997 from such advertisements and sponsorship; and if that revenue has been retained within the budget of his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies. [119549]

Mr. Straw

My Department's policy follows the guidance given in the Framework policy and guidelines for the use, management and design of public sector websites. This document, which forms part of the e-government strategy, can be found on the website of the Information Age Government Champions. The official websites of my Department and its executive agencies do not currently carry any advertising or company sponsorship and have never done so in the past. The non-departmental public bodies have set up their own websites independently of the Home Office in most cases. The information requested for these bodies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.