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Interesting. Four government departments spent almost £6m ($8,000,000 US Dollars) ensuring their websites appeared on search engine results pages in the last two financial years.
The Department of Health was the biggest spender, running up a bill of £4.4m in “paid search” fees.
It said the money was spent supporting campaigns on smoking and the flu pandemic.
The Department for Communities and Local Government spent over £750,000 promoting campaign websites including those for Home Information Packs, Eco Towns and Energy Performance Certificates.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change spent more than £309,000 last year. The Department of the environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) spent almost £500,000.