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Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will make a statement. (208167)

Users are reminded to turn off their PCs when they leave the office. This advice is contained in the ICT Security Operating instructions which each member of staff is required to read and there is an annual reminder issued to them. For security reasons, any PCs inadvertently left on will go into an ‘inactive’ mode after a preset time. In addition, in a few month’s time, we are planning to introduce a software facility that will automatically shut down any networked PC left on by mistake.