HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 c74W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to provide more information to the public on the protection work done by the security services. [166036]

Mr. Blunkett

The Security Service (MI5) has a long standing role and depth of experience in providing protective security advice to Government and those sectors of the business community critical to the national infrastructure. The service has recently expanded its work in this area into a new structure, the National Security Advice Centre (NSAC). As part of the expansion, the service launched its upgrade website (www.mi5.gov.uk) on 30 April. This provides a substantial body of material offering practical advice on sensible security precautions for business organisations and anyone with responsibility for the safety of others. Its purpose is to put the terrorist threat into context and set out sensible security precautions. The website is publicly accessible and will be updated regularly.

The website complements information for the public on the Home Office, UK Resilience, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Metropolitan Police sites. It represents a further step forward in the drive to put more information about the terrorist threat in the public domain. Advice on protection against electronic attack will remain the responsibility of the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) (www.niscc.gov.uk).

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