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Departmental Internet

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which websites his Department’s staff are blocked from accessing on networked computers. (310765)

The Wales Office obtains its information technology services from the Ministry of Justice. Staff are expected to comply with rules regulating the use of departmental computers, including internet use.

The IT system uses specialist blocking software to prevent users gaining access to inappropriate websites, such as those containing offensive, racist or defamatory content; gambling or betting sites; those that may circumvent information security rules such as web-based e-mail; and sites that may affect the efficiency of the network.