Oral Answers to Questions — Parliamentary Data and Video Network

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 April 2001.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 12:00, 3 April 2001

Does the Minister accept that it is important in the 21st century for Members of Parliament to be able to access their e-mails and the internet not only within the Parliamentary Estate but remotely, from their homes and constituencies? I congratulate members of the Parliamentary Communications Directorate on the work that they do, but does the Minister accept that people trying to access the House of Commons facilities remotely are finding it difficult because of the limits of the technical resources that are available? Many people feel that that is because of a restricted budget. What can the hon. Gentleman do to ensure that we have a 21st-century internet and e-mail system for a 21st-century Parliament?