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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 DH.gov.uk, 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. 
The Departments website: www.dh.gov.uk
NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk
agreed to close 52 sites and has a firm date/plan to do so.
agreed in principle to close 56 sites but has not yet brokered this with the relevant stakeholders; and
identified three sites that are part-funded by the Department and are under further investigation
|(1 )site closed since publication of progress report.|
|Website rationalisation progress reportMarch 31, 2007|
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