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Internet: Security

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many companies that produce internet filtering products have applied to the British Standards Institute for certification of their products. (253402)

I have been asked to reply.

BSI Group consists of three divisions: BSI British Standards, BSI Management Systems and BSI Product Services. It is the Management Systems division that provides independent third-party certification of management systems. These activities are conducted on a purely commercial basis and are outside of the scope of the relationship with the UK Government. As such we are unable to comment on private certification agreements. Queries of this nature should be directed to the certification body.

The Government have a relationship with the British Standards division as its designated national standards body and in that capacity, fulfils the UK Government's international obligations in the field of standardisation.