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Children: Internet

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to increase internet access for children in low income (a) families and (b) communities in (i) West Lancashire constituency and (ii) England. (189806)

A number of initiatives have been set up to widen access to the internet for low-income families. These recently include Computers for Pupils and Home Access. The Computers for Pupils programme and its current successor has provided £90 million worth of support for children in disadvantaged families.

The Home Access Task Force is considering the potential for a sustainable long-term solution to support all children in having appropriate access and is due to provide final advice to Ministers in April 2008.

The Department does not provide separate funding for West Lancashire, but Lancashire local authority has received over £1 million of the Computers for Pupils funding.