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Departmental Internet

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-37W, on Government departments: information and communications technology, which IP addresses are used by (a) his Department and (b) computers in the offices of its (i) Ministers, (ii) communications officials and (iii) special advisers. (241948)

To help defend against electronic attack, it is standard good information security practice for corporate IT systems, not to publish internal IP addresses. When accessing internet websites, the IP addresses of all of the computers on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport internal office IT system are hidden behind the following IP addresses which are publicly available— and These IP addresses are shared with other Government Departments that use the Government secure intranet.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the cost of including return path functionality in his Department’s core receiver requirements, with particular reference to the cost of including a return path with a provision for broadband capability. (242418)

Earlier this year DCMS commissioned independent research into set-top boxes including a return path to support bi-directional interactive services. That report did not include an estimate of costs.

However, the technical experts on the Department’s Emerging Technology Group, which keeps the Core Receiver Requirements under review, did arrive at an initial costing for including return path functionality to provide for broadband capability.

We will be re-examining both the rationale for and costs of enhancements to set-top-boxes as part of the Digital Britain report.