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Departmental Internet

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which Government websites his Department is responsible; how many visitors each received in the last period for which figures are available; and what the cost of maintaining each site was in that period. [235030]

Huw Irranca-Davies: Costs for maintaining DEFRA’s corporate website (www.defra.gov.uk) together with information on visitors were set out in my replies to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) and the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell), 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 299W and 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 838W.

Website addresses which are currently the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are listed (this list also includes some website addresses for which the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change may take on responsibility). Information on numbers of visitors, and on costs for maintaining these sites, is not available without incurring disproportionate cost, as the large majority of these websites are managed by the agency or NDPB concerned and not directly by DEFRA.

As part of the Transformational Government web rationalisation process, DEFRA is currently reviewing all its websites. Over time, content will be rationalised and where appropriate moved to Directgov and Business Link. A number of the current websites will close.

Corporate website

Domains operated by core DEFRA


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DEFRA’s Executive Agencies

DEFRA’s Advisory NDPBs

DEFRA’s Executive NDPBs


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DEFRA Levy Boards


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Other DEFRA NDPBs

DEFRA Public Corporations


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