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Offences Against Children: Internet

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on progress towards the Government's commitment to ensuring that 80 per cent. of internet service providers (a) use filtering software and (b) prevent access to images of child abuse. (288985)

In 2006 the Government stated that it wished to see 100 per cent. of consumer broadband connections covered by blocking, which includes child abuse images, 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. and will set out actions and timescales in due course.

The Kitemark for filtering software developed by the Home Office and OFCOM and in partnership with BSI, was launched in launched April 2008. Currently none have been issued, but the promotion of the Kitemark is a priority for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety under the Industry Working Group. The Government fully support the Kitemark and encourages companies to apply for it.