HC Deb 09 February 1996 vol 271 c372W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list all(a) Internet and (b) other computer network, sites or bulletin boards operated by his Department or containing information supplied by his Department, indicating for each site or bulletin boards (a) the inaugural date, (b) the timetable and policy in respect of updates, (c) the Internet, or other network address and (d) to whom the site or board is currently made available and the criteria which must be fulfilled by applicants for access. [14208]

Mr. David Willetts

CCTA, the Government Centre for Information Systems, which is part of the Office of Public Service, operates the CCTA Government Information Service on the Internet. This service was launched in November 1994 and provides front-end indexing and retrieval facilities to information from over 180 public sector organisations, of which 79 are based on the CCTA server. The Internet address is http://www.open.gov.uk/.

Within the CCTA Government information service, the Office of Public Service has home pages for the Cabinet Office (http://www.open.gov.uk/co/cohome.htm), the citizens charter unit, and the machinery of government and standards group. There is also information on open government, competitiveness, civil service personnel statistics and public bodies, and home pages for CCTA, the Buying Agency, the Central Office of Information, the Civil Service College, and HMSO.

The service is updated daily, although individual Departments are responsible for determining policy and practice for updating their own pages. Access to the service is freely available to all Internet users.

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