HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 cc528-9W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what plans the Committee has to review the design of the parliamentary website. [115248]

Mr. Allan

As part of its ongoing examination of the information services provided for Members, the Information Committee has discussed the design and content of the parliamentary website with officials. I am advised that a number of improvements have been initiated. These include the addition of Bound Volume text of Hansard back to Session 1988–89, a rebuilding of the publications search engine, the introduction of links to a redesigned internet POLIS and the preparation of a site map.

Discussions are also taking place with the House of Lords about site design. These include consideration of a major redesign of the site. The work is being undertaken by the Joint Working Party on Information Management and the Parliamentary Intranet, who will be identifying priorities for improvements to the site and making recommendations accordingly. Members of the Information Committee have agreed to provide feedback on their use of the parliamentary website as part of this process.