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Electronic Networks

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on how to secure UK electronic networks against disruption from (i) attack and (ii) natural hazards; and if he will make a statement. (112389)

The integrity of electronic communications networks and services is a matter for communications services providers.

My Department contributes to the Cabinet Office’s annual national risk assessment that considers both threats and hazards to the UK’s electronic communications networks. The assessment is part of a comprehensive programme to ensure that the nation’s ICT is properly safeguarded and is undertaken in conjunction with the communications services providers, Departments and agencies with the relevant expertise in these areas.