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Telecommunications: Security

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will have discussions with Ministerial colleagues on the resilience of the IT and telecommunications components of critical national infrastructure. (268384)

Regular discussion takes place on IT resilience (including that of critical national infrastructure) between the Departments concerned at ministerial and official level as appropriate. Additionally, Government continue to work closely with the telecommunications sector and the regulator to ensure a high level of resilience—especially of UK critical national infrastructure—including through EC-RRG (the Electronic Communications-Resilience and Response Group—a joint industry Government forum), as well as through the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), which provides dedicated advice to reduce the vulnerability of national infrastructure.

Much information regarding resilience is commercially sensitive and inappropriate for public discussion. However, where possible information is published here:

www.cpni.gov.uk

and

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ukresilience.aspx