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Departmental Internet

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department and its agencies have incurred any expenditure on Google Adwords in the last 12 months. (323967)

The Department and its agencies have not incurred any expenditure on Google Adwords in the last 12 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on the use by its officials of computers for recreational web browsing (a) at lunchtimes and (b) other normal working hours; and for what reasons access to tobacco-related websites is blocked. (323975)

My Department's policy on internet usage is as follows:

Do not access the internet during working hours for purposes other than those for which you are employed. Any personal use should be limited, carried out in non-working hours and should not interfere with the performance of your duties nor with the Department's IT/networking systems and services.

Access to tobacco-related websites is blocked because they have no relevance to the work of the Department.