Civil Servants: Manpower

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which public bodies had their staff included in civil service headcounts in 2009. [315321]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 3 February 2010:

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Departmental Internet

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for the No. 10 Downing Street website in each of the last three years; and what budget has been allocated for such activity in 2009-10. [310213]

Angela E. Smith: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1135W, and to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1482W.

It is not possible to provide a single comparable figure for the running costs of the No. 10 website for 2008-09. However, the total cost of the Digital Communications Unit, which includes the operational and staffing costs, including equipment and audio and visual production associated with all digital communications, was £452,754 for the financial year 2008-09. This includes the running costs of the website which serves up to 1 million unique users per month, the Prime Minister’s communications on channels such as Twitter (1.6 million followers) and YouTube (1.4 million film views per year); and the Government’s e-petitions service (3 million signatures from 1.8 million unique e-mail addresses per year).

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Figures for the 2009-10 financial year will be available only when the Department’s resource accounts have been fully audited and laid before Parliament.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for how long records of visitors to the Downing Street/Cabinet Office complex are retained. [312307]

Tessa Jowell: Records of visitors to the Downing street/Cabinet Office are currently retained for a maximum period of 10 years for operational/security purposes.

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much her Department spent on its recent event held on HMS Illustrious; and how many staff from her Department attended the event. [315227]

Angela E. Smith: A search of all available records has been unable to identify any events held by Cabinet Office staff on HMS Illustrious.