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Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to ensure that internet domain names are only issued on condition that at a minimum an administrative contact is domiciled in the UK. (188162)

The responsibility for registration of domain names rests with Nominet, a private, not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. Nominet offer an open system for registration for domains and some 92 per cent. of registrants have an address in the UK. The company seek to ensure that contact details for registrants, that might be required in any dispute about the use of a domain, are accurate.