Departmental Internet

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing from departmental networked computers.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) runs software to block all categories of websites which do not conform with the NIO Internet Acceptable Usage Policy or would be considered a network security risk. It is not possible to produce a list of the websites as they run into millions globally and come and go every day.

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