Departmental Internet

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th 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 Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing on networked computers.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

We make use of a commercial database which lists existing websites by categories.

We currently only block access to the following categories:

Adult/ Mature Content,



Internet E-mail Sites (for security purposes),

Spyware Effects/Privacy Concerns,

Spyware/Malware Sources,


The situation is under review at the moment and we may extend the number of categories that we block. However, because of the wide remit of the Department, it is difficult to extend the blocking much further without impacting on the ability of people to carry out their work.

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