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Offences Against Children: Internet

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken in co-operation with its international counterparts to encourage the closure of overseas-hosted websites which contain images of child abuse. (251831)

The UK is firmly behind efforts to spread the use of blocking internationally, but that it is only one in a whole range of tactics that need to be deployed to tackle the issue of child sexual abuse where technology is a factor. There is a range of activity that either the UK leads, or is part of, across a spectrum of international political and law enforcement arenas which all work towards: the identification and safeguarding of victims of sexual abuse; locating and apprehending the perpetrators behind their abuse; and tackling those who profit from the sale or distribution of the images from that abuse.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to ensure that 100 per cent. of internet service providers demonstrate their use of filters against child pornography; what timetable she has set for achieving this objective; and if she will make a statement. (250875)

In 2006 the Government stated that they wished to see 100 per cent. of consumer broadband connections covered by blocking, which include child pornography, by the end of 2007. Currently in the UK 95 per cent. of consumer broadband connections are covered by blocking. The Government are currently looking at ways to progress the final 5 per cent.