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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she expects a new text-based labelling system for internet sites to be introduced; (129174)

(2) what studies have been commissioned by her Department on the (a) feasibility and (b) cost of introducing a text-based labelling system for internet sites.

The Department has not commissioned any studies. The independent regulator Ofcom has a duty for media literacy in the Communications Act 2003. In pursuit of the duty Ofcom have been developing proposals for a common labelling framework.

I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to write with more details. Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.