HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc572-3W
Mr. Maclennan

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the expenditure incurred by her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on(a) the setting up and (b) the operation of websites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if she will list for each website (i) the topics that have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years. [116203]

Mr. Stringer

My Department fully supports the e-government strategy and the Internet forms an integral part of our overall communications, publications and information strategy.

Details of the websites of the Cabinet Office, its Agencies and NDPBs, and the Central Office of Information are given in the table. The Cabinet Office has no executive NDPBs. The figures for its advisory NDPBs are included in the Department's total figures. As of 1 April 2000 the Cabinet Office only has one Executive Agency, the Government Car and Despatch Agency, so estimated expenditure for future years only covers Cabinet Office, GCDA and COI.

Cabinet Office, Agencies and NDPB websites
Name Set-up costs Operation costs (annual) Content of site Estimated expenditure over the next 3 years Average number of hits per month
Government Information and Computer Service (www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/gics) £32.000 inc. VAT, creation initial training and software purchase Costs equivalent to a 1½ days pay in C2 position The site provides comprehensive information to potential recruits to the Government Information and Communication Service about career opportunities, working practices and current competitions: electronic application procedures are under development Not known Not monitored
Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (www.ccta.gov.uk) The estimated cost is under £5.000 per year. The estimated marginal cost of initially establishing the CCTA web site is under £10.000 £55,000 per annum Services that CCTA offers and guidance on technological issues Not monitored
Central Office of Information (www.coi.gov.uk/coi) £40,000 £20,000 and all within budget Case studies, contacts, COI service/contacts/diary, about COI, hot topics, sources of information, what's new Estimated expenditure is planned to remain at £20,000 per annum Not known
The Buying Agency (www.open.gov.uk/tba) Developed in-house so costs are not separately identifiable £3,120 per annum The site covers a basic overview of The Buying Agency's operations. The site occasionally promotes events Not monitored
Property Advisers To The Civil Estate (www.property.gov.uk) Minimal setting up charges and the annual connection charge is £14,000 per year External spend of £9,100, including hosting charges; and estimated internal costs of approximately £30,000 PACE'S web site details its structure and services Not monitored
Civil Service College (www/open. gov.uk/college) The website was set up, at no charge to the Government, in 1995 £1,175 per annum The site contains a full directory of courses offered by the College An estimated cost of £3,000 per annum Unique user hits are 2,062 and the total number of hits is 36,650