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In addition to the two websites listed above, the Department funds and/or manages a further 111 websites. To gather the monthly ‘hits’ data for these sites in order to determine the number of ‘hits’ on the least popular would incur disproportionate costs.

The Department is actively engaged in reducing this number of these sites, in accordance with the guidelines and timetables set for website rationalisation under Transformational Government. The Department has already shut down 27 websites and has plans in place to terminate 53 sites out of the 111 figure above. By the end of this project in 2011, all 111 sites will either be closed or migrated to, NHS Choices, NHS Direct, Directgov or Business Link.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many websites his Department has operated in each month since May 2005; what sites his Department currently operates; if he will list all sites his Department has (a) agreed to close and (b) agreed to close in principle; and if he will make a statement. [158471]

Mr. Bradshaw: Department currently has ownership of two main websites. They are:

In addition to the two main websites, the Department on, 31 March 2007, identified a further 111 websites that it currently funds and/or manages.

Of these, the Department has:

A breakdown is provided in the following table.

Also, the Department’s campaign sites (which were previously planned for exemption status) will also be attached to a larger national health service entity or other sites, as appropriate.

These are:

To gather month-by-month data since May 2005 will incur disproportionate cost.

Sites the Department has agreed to close, and has firm plans and a firm date to do so

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NHS—Protocol Based Care

Asthma Management

Bug Investigators

Carers Government

Centre for Healthcare Architecture and Design

Chief Medical Officer’s website survey

Childcare co-ordinators database

Children’s National Service Framework

Clean Hospitals

Departmental Publications

Departmental tag team disc;login


Emergency care discussion forum

End of life care

Health at work

Health in prisons

Independence, well-being and choice, a Green Paper on Adult Social Care: Format Request

Inspection of Social Care Services for Disabled People

Inspection of Social Care Services for Disabled People

Leadership through effective people management

Letters and circulars

Media Centre

Minority Health

National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services


NHS Equality

NHS Estates-Decontamination

NHS Estates Chad

www.nhsestates/chad/chad content/home/asp

NHS Fellowships

NHS Graduates

NHS Organ Donor

NHS Research Ethics

Committee Application Form


Nursing Leadership

Out of Hours

Playing Safely

Protection of children Act Tribunal (1)

Royal Commission—Elderly


The Big Quit


Your Life

National Research Register

RD Info

RD Learning


Research Findings Register

Research Findings Register

York CRD

Forensic Mental Health

Health Impact Gateway

(1 )site closed since publication of progress report.

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Sites the Department has agreed in principle to close but has not brokered this with its stakeholders and/or does not have firm plans/firm date to do so yet:

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Activity DataBase

Advisory Bodies

Better Hospital Food (1)

Breast feeding

CMO Update Registration

Departmental Thesaurus

Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (DEPIS)

Editorial Library

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Face It

Finance Manual

Five a day

Healthy Start

Healthy Start

Immunisation Group Web Programme (IGWP)

Information Asset Register

Internal Guidance

Knowledge and information portal


National Leadership Network

National Service Framework for Older People—Older People Champions

NHS Decontamination Training Programme

NHS Factsheets

NHS Identity

NHS Photo Library

NHS Plus


Pathology Discussion Forum

Performance Data

Primary Care


Public Health Link

Putting Action On Health Inequalities Into Practice

Renal Learning Sets Discussion Forum

Safety Alert Broadcast System

Sector 64 Grants

Senior Dental Leadership Team Website

Social Care Careers

Social Work and Care

Social Work Careers

Treatment Centres

Policy Research Programme

Drugs Misuse Research Initiative

Information and Communication Technology Research Initiative


National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Methodology

National Horizon Scanning Centre

The National Coordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development

Website rationalisation progress report—March 31, 2007

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