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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 9th July 2007.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary 2:30 pm, 9th July 2007

I am happy to look at anything we can do to protect children from some of the dangers of the internet. I recognise, of course, that the internet plays an important role in the lives of children and young people—at their schools, in their social lives and in their ability to research. However, it is clearly unacceptable if we cannot put the technical safeguards in place. We have been considering how we can, for example, kitemark some of the products that are involved in filtering and monitoring software. Perhaps, as part of that activity, the company to which my hon. Friend referred could make some progress. However, we take the issue extremely seriously.