Conservatives are right about Government Waste

Conservatives are right about Government waste and the need to keep a challenging approach! I have been asking Parliamentary Questions which have revealed high spending by Government on hospitality and first class air travel etc., I noticed recently how often departments “redesign” their websites, here are the tables showing how much taxpayers are spending on refreshing these sites very regularly – of course some entries are missing due to the usual non-answers by Ministers! (click on the costs to see the answer I received in Hansard)

Department Redesigns since 2005 Total cost
Business, Innovation and Skills 6 £175,000
Cabinet Office 1 0
Children, Schools and Families 4 (since its inception in June ’07) £16,060
Communities and Local Government 2 £1,289,859
Culture, Media and Sport 1 £39,488.29
Ministry of Defence 4 (+ 2 “design enhancements) £1,316,079
Energy and Climate Change 1 £8,435
Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs 1 £181,378
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2 Cannot be disaggregated
Department of Health 1 £513,000
Home Office 2 £160,000
International Development 1 (+ 1 “simple redesign) £970,419
Ministry of Justice 2 £107,950
Leader of the House 1 £24,155.39
Northern Ireland Office 1 £4,185.94
Prime Minister 1 Cannot be disaggregated
Scotland Office None 0
Treasury None 0
Transport 1 £95,325
Wales Office 1 £10,500
Women and Equalities 2 (since its inception in ’07) NO ANSWER YET
Work and Pensions 1 £216,000
TOTAL 39 £5,127,835

I also asked each department about spending on departmental intranets:

DEPARTMENT Intranet designs since 2005 Cost
Business, Innovation and Skills 4 £28,253
Cabinet Office 1 £10,245
Children, Schools and Families 1 £116,525
Communities and Local Government 2 Cannot be disaggregated
Culture, Media and Sport None 0
Ministry of Defence 3 £625,828
Energy and Climate Change 1 £2,185
Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs 2 £245,032
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2 £28,680
Department of Health 2 £69,576
Home Office 1 £90,750
International Development 1 £1,850
Ministry of Justice 2 £4,725
Leader of the House None 0
Northern Ireland Office 3 £8,800
Prime Minister (No10 uses the same intranet as Cabinet Office, see above) 0
Scotland Office None 0
Treasury 1 £38,634
Transport 1 £10,210
Wales Office (no internal website) 0
Women and Equalities (no internal website) 0
Work and Pensions None 0
TOTAL 27 £1,281,293
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