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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 9 March 1999

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the expenditure incurred by his 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 he will list for each web site (i) the topics 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. [70968]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 15 February 1999]: The information sought regarding the websites of my Department, agencies and non-departmental bodies is listed. In no case was expenditure above budgeting.























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    (c) Topics covered: Courts Charter and complaints procedures.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: not monitored by NICS.


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: unknown at this stage


    (ii) 2001-2002: unknown at this stage


    (iii) 2002-2003: unknown at this stage


    4. The Public Trust Office


    (a) Set up costs: £2,500


    (b) Operating costs: £2,000


    (c) Topics covered: introduction to the PTO; the work of its Divisions; and details of the complaints procedure.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: Not currently monitored. The PTO monitors the number of e-mails received.


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £5,000


    (ii) 2001-2002 and 2002-2003: With a view to Better Government targets, the website is to be developed further. Consideration will be given to the provision of forms for downloading and possible inter-active completion. Costs associated with this project will probably be in excess of £100,000.


    5. The Public Record Office


    (a) Set up costs: nil


    (b) Operating costs: £14,250 (1998-99)


    (c) Topics covered: the public records, the services provided by the PRO and Family Records Centre, the operation of the public records system, the PRO contribution to the National Grid for Learning and information for records managers, conservators and the archives profession.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: 135,000


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £17,000


    (ii) 2001-2002: £22,000


    (iii) 2002-2003: £30,000


    6. Her Majesty's Land Registry


    (a) Set up costs: £1,000


    (b) Operating costs: £8,675 (1998)


    (c) Topics covered: About the Land Registry; Exhibitions and events; How to complain; Press Notices; Areas served by the Land Registry; Direct Access Service; Fees calculators; On-line publications including Annual Report and Accounts; Business Plan; information leaflets; District Land Registries; Year 2000 Compliance Reports; Residential Property Price Reports; Guide to Land Registry services; Feedback facility


    (d) Average number of hits per month: 30,000


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £15,152


    (ii) 2001-2002: £15,152


    (iii) 2002-2003: £15,152


    7. The Law Commission


    (a) Set up costs: £2,400


    (b) Operating costs: £10,675


    (c) Topics covered: a library containing the full texts of publications since March 1997; background information on the organisation and work of the Law Commission; details of current recruitment campaigns.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: 1,400


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    (i) 2000-2001: £9,900


    (ii) 2001-2002: £9,900


    (iii) 2002-2003: £9,900


    8. The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (ACLEC)


    (a) Set up costs: £673


    (b) Operating cots: £75


    (c) Topics covered: Membership of the Committee and its members' biographies; the work of the Committee; Sub-Committees and Working Groups; and the Committee's publications.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: 480


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years: It is likely that ACLEC will be disestablished and the Committee is working on the premise that this will happen before the end of 1999. The Committee therefore has no plans to incur further expenditure on its website.


    9. The Judicial Studies Board


    (a) Set up costs: £925


    (b) Operating costs: nil to date


    (c) Topics covered: the structure and work of the JSB and its committees, the JSB Annual Report, Specimen Directions, training materials available to the public.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: 450


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £2,180


    (ii) 2001-2002: £180


    (iii) 2002-2003: £180


    10. The Magistrates' Court Service Inspectorate


    (a) Set up costs: £7,000.


    (b) Operating costs: due to go 'live' in the summer.


    (c) Topics to be covered: What's New?, MCSI executive summary reports; thematics, MCSI's remit; operational plan and strategic plan; organisational chart; pen pictures of inspectors; publications order form; and related sites.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: nil.


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £5,490


    (ii) 2001-2002: £4,590


    (iii) 2002-2003: £4,590


    11. The Civil Justice Council


    (a) Set up costs: £1,116


    (b) Operating costs: £1,175 (1998-99)


    (c) Topics covered: the background of the Council, the membership of the Council and its Sub-Committees, and summary reports of Council and Sub-Committee meetings.


    (d) Average number of hits per month: Not monitored.


    (e) The estimated expenditure on the website for each of the next three years:


    (i) 2000-2001: £1,175


    (ii) 2001-2002: £1,175


    (iii) 2002-2003: £1,175.

Marriage Preparation Schemes

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the marriage preparation pilot schemes. [74808]

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Mr. Hoon: The Lord Chancellor's Department funded a programme of 13 marriage support pilot projects in 1997-98. Three of the projects were concerned with marriage preparation.

The Department assessed the effectiveness of each project in terms of its achievement of specific aims and objectives, and its cost effectiveness. Take-up of the marriage preparation offered was limited, but those who did participate generally found it helpful.


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