xert - 1:59 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thank you both for your input. After spending many hours on the issue, I re emailed the hosting company who advise support for asp pages has now been withdrawn, hence the reason why the code will not run.
Workaround was to use the following php code to parse the query string :
<?php echo $_GET['item_id']; ?>
This works fine.