HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 cc1321-2W
Ms Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives he has taken to tackle international internet child abuse. [158997]

Mr. Rammell

Since 2002, in conjunction with the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, we have provided law enforcement agencies in 14 countries with specialised software, computers and training to detect paedophiles using internet chat rooms, and to target organised criminals who produce child pornography. Last year, we co-sponsored an international conference in the UK on combating on-line child abuse. We are co-sponsoring a follow-up conference this month. We are working with our G8 partners on the development and implementation of a strategy, including projects, to improve the exchange of information to combat on-line child abuse. This work includes outreach to non-G8 partners.

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