HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1362W
Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's support for the Internet Shopping Is Safe campaign; and what assessment she has made of the campaign's contribution to consumer confidence in e-commerce. [152944]

Mr. Sutcliffe

The Government have been pleased to lend their support to the Interactive Media in Retail Group's (IMRG) Internet Shopping Is Safe Campaign on past occasions.

The Government welcome private sector initiatives to promote e-commerce. Business has an important role to play in spreading good practice and in raising consumer awareness about safe internet use.

My Department has made no assessment of the impact of the IMRG campaign on consumer confidence in e-commerce.

The Government are continuing their efforts to improve consumers' access to better information about online shopping through their Safe Internet Shopping initiative.