Official data examined requests made between June and October 2017, revealing that 24,473 attempts were made to reach porn websites, amounting to 160 requests per-day from computers that were connected to the parliamentary network.
There has been a dramatic drop off in the number of requests to porn sites, from 113,208 attempts in 2016, down from 213,020 the previous year. The reduction follows a year of sleaze allegations that have dogged Westminster.
Theresa May’s first Secretary of State Damien Green left his role after a retired-police officer accused him of having thousands of porn images on his desktop computer.
A Press Association (PA) freedom of information (FoI) request shows there were 9,467 requests from both the Houses of Lords and Commons in September alone.
Porn streaming sites were accessed from UK parliament 24,000 times in six months, figures have shown.
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An important decision for the UK
On Thursday, 23 June there will be a referendum. It’s your opportunity to decide if the UK remains in the European Union (EU).
It’s a big decision. One that will affect you, your family and your children for decades to come.
The UK has secured a special status in a reformed EU.1
we will not join the euro
we will keep our own border controls
the UK will not be part of further European political integration
there will be tough new restrictions on access to our welfare system for new EUmigrants
we have a commitment to reduce EU red tape
The government believes the UK should remain in the EU
This leaflet sets out the facts, and explains why the government believes a vote to remain in the EU is in the best interests of the people of the UK. It shows some of the choices the UK would face if there were a vote to leave.
If you would like further information, please visit the government’s EU referendum website at EUreferendum.gov.uk
A stronger economy
The EU is by far the UK’s biggest trading partner.2 EU countries buy 44% of everything we sell abroad, from cars to insurance.3 Remaining inside the EU guarantees our full access to its single market. By contrast, leaving creates uncertainty and risk.4
The EU’s single market has over 500 million customers 5 and an economy over 5 times bigger than the UK’s. 6 The single market makes it easier and cheaper for UK companies to sell their products outside the UK, creating jobs as a result.7’8’9
Being inside the EU also makes it more attractive for companies to invest in the UK, 10meaning more jobs 11. Over the last decade, foreign companies have invested £540 billion in the UK, equivalent to £148 million every day 12.
Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to exports to the EU 14
Improving our lives
Cost of living
If the UK voted to leave the EU, the resulting economic shock15 would put pressure on the value of the pound, which would risk higher prices of some household goods16 and damage living standards.17
Losing our full access to the EU’s single market would make exporting to Europe harder and increase costs.18
Millions of UK citizens travel to Europe each year.19 The EU has made this easier and cheaper.
EU reforms in the 1990s have resulted in a drop in fares of over 40% for lower cost flights.20
From next year, mobile phone roaming charges will be abolished across the EU, saving UK customers up to 38p per minute on calls.21
EU membership also gives UK citizens travelling in other European countries the right to access free or cheaper public healthcare.22
Some argue little would change if we left the EU. But there are no guarantees UK customers would keep these benefits if we left.
If the UK voted to leave the EU, the resulting economic shock would risk higher prices of some household goods 23
What happens if we leave?
Voting to leave the EU would create years of uncertainty and potential economic disruption. This would reduce investment and cost jobs.24
The government judges it could result in 10 years or more of uncertainty as the UK unpicks our relationship with the EU and renegotiates new arrangements with the EUand over 50 other countries around the world.25
Some argue that we could strike a good deal quickly with the EU because they want to keep access to our market.
But the government’s judgement is that it would be much harder than that – less than 8% of EU exports come to the UK while 44% of UK exports go to the EU.26
No other country has managed to secure significant access to the single market, without having to:
follow EU rules over which they have no real say
pay into the EU
accept EU citizens living and working in their country 27’28
A more limited trade deal with the EU would give the UK less access to the single market than we have now – including for services, which make up almost 80% of the UK economy.29 For example, Canada’s deal with the EU will give limited access for services,30 it has so far been 7 years in the making and is still not in force. 31
Controlling immigration and securing our borders
Securing our borders
The UK is not part of the EU’s border-free zone – we control our own borders which gives us the right to check everyone, including EU nationals, arriving from continental Europe.32
The government has negotiated a deal that will make our benefits system less of a draw for EU citizens. In future, new EU migrants will not have full access to certain benefits until they have worked here for up to 4 years. 33 The government will have greater powers to take action where there is abuse of our immigration system. 34
Some argue that leaving the EU would give us more freedom to limit immigration. But in return for the economic benefits of access to the EU’s single market, non-EU countries – such as Norway – have had to accept the right of all EU citizens to live and work in their country. 35
Keeping us safer
EU membership means UK police can use law enforcement intelligence from 27 EUcountries, 36 and will have access to fingerprint and DNA information. 37
EU co-operation makes it easier to keep criminals and terrorists out of the UK. 38 Since 2004, using the European Arrest Warrant, over 1,000 suspects have faced justice in UK courts and over 7,000 have been extradited. 39
The benefits of EU membership
The UK is part of the EU, a group of 28 countries which exists to promote economic security, peace and stability. 40 The EU operates as a single, free trading market, without taxes between borders.41
The UK has secured a special status in the EU. The UK has kept the pound, will not join the euro and has kept control of UK borders. We have ensured that no UK powers can be transferred to the EU in the future without a referendum. 42 The UK will keep full access to the single market, with a say on its rules. For every £1 paid in tax, a little over 1p goes to the EU. 43 The government judges that what the UK gets back in opportunities, job creation and economic security from EU membership far outweighs the cost.
Opportunities for you and your children
EU membership means you and your family have the right to live, work or study abroad in any of the 27 other member countries. It also guarantees many employment rights.44
The UK as a leading force in the world
The UK is a strong, independent nation. Our EU membership magnifies the UK’s ability to get its way on the issues we care about.45 EU action helped prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons;46 and the EU is leading the world on tackling climate change.47
A once in a generation decision
The referendum on Thursday, 23 June is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union.
The government believes it is in the best interests of the UK to remain in the EU.
This is the way to protect jobs, provide security, and strengthen the UK’s economy for every family in this country – a clear path into the future, in contrast to the uncertainty of leaving.
This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.
If you’re aged 18 or over by 23 June and are entitled to vote, this is your chance to decide. Registration ends on 7 June. Find out how to register at aboutmyvote.co.uk and register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you would like to know more about any of the information in this leaflet, go to: EUreferendum.gov.uk.
The government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK
a stronger economy
The EU referendum is a once in a generation decision. The government believes it is in you and your family’s best interests that the UK remains in the European Union.
Vote on Thursday, 23 June 2016.
If you would like further information, please visit the government’s EU referendum website at EUreferendum.gov.uk.
In 2007 the EU introduced caps on the charges which mobile phone providers can levy when roaming, saving UK customers money when travelling in the EU Regulation (EC) No 544/2009. The £0.38 estimate, which represents the money saved per minute when the roaming charges are abolished next year, is calculated from the cap for outgoing voice calls in the period July 2009 to June 2010. The maximum price allowed was €0.43. This converts into sterling by the average exchange rate between the 2 currencies as published in the Journal of the European Union in the months of April, May and June 2009. The average exchange rate was 0.88312. From 15 June 2017 there will be no extra roaming fee and calls you make in EU countries will be the same as the domestic price. EU Commission’s Digital single market page, last updated March 2016.↩
UK citizens can order a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC): “An EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover immediate and clinically necessary state-funded treatment until your planned return home to the UK.” For further details refer to the NHS webpage on the EHIC.↩
Supporting evidence given in footnotes 15 to 17. ↩
Supporting evidence given in footnotes 15 to 17. ↩
The EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement has restrictions on the liberalisation of certain services. For instance, it excludes liberalisation of trade in aviation, broadcasting and some aspects of financial services. European Commission, EU-Canada home page.↩
Our new settlement with the EU secures a commitment to new legislation, which will help to ensure that non-EU nationals will no longer be able to take advantage of EU law to get around UK immigration controls. The government has also secured agreement on the additional action we can take to prevent fraud and abuse of free movement. For fuller details of the agreement see paragraphs 2.116 – 2.123 that focus specifically on reducing abuse of free movement. ↩
Supporting evidence given in footnotes 27 to 28. ↩
There is more than one measure which enables enforcement to use intelligence from other EU countries. One of the main tools for using EU law enforcement intelligence is Europol. EU countries have to “take the measures necessary to ensure that their national units the unit which represents each country operationally in Europol are able to fulfil their tasks and, in particular, have access to relevant national data” European Council Decision, April 2009. Another example is a European law referred to as the ‘Swedish Initiative’ (Council Framework Decision 2006/960/JHA) which sets out some provisions to facilitate law enforcement information sharing across the EU. ↩
In the near future, the UK will participate in Prüm – an operational tool that will give law enforcement access to fingerprint and DNA information from other EU countries. Fuller details of Prüm.↩
This is done, for example, through the sharing and analysis of law enforcement intelligence from across Europe. Europol (an EU agency to assist with law enforcement across Europe) can analyse intelligence from different countries, creating a better picture of threats from organised crime and terrorism across Europe. More information on Europol. The second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) allows alerts to be shared between member state law enforcement agencies, for example flagging people seeking to enter the UK who are subject to European Arrest Warrants. This enables UK authorities to arrest people at the border on arrival to the UK. Since 2010 the UK has refused entry to over 6,500 EEA nationals at the UK border. Over 4,500 of these were stopped at our juxtaposed border Admissions statistics, Home Office, March 2016.↩
Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union (Lisbon Treaty) states: “[The Union] shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter.” The Preamble to the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty) also refers to these collective aims, aiming to promote: “peace, security and progress in Europe and in the world”. ↩
The UK is part of the EU Customs Union, which means the movement of goods between member states is not subject to customs duties. ↩
The UK’s net contribution to the EU averaged approximately £7 billion per annum from 2010 to 2014. This is taken from European Commission outturn data and can be found in EU Finances 2015, Table 3.B. This includes those receipts administered by UK government bodies and those paid directly to UK recipients by the European Commission, including to universities and small businesses. Sterling conversions use average annual exchange rates provided in annex A of EU Finances 2015. Public sector current receipts averaged just over £600 billion over the same 5 year period according to ONS data. ↩
“Most of the evidence argued that it was strongly in the UK’s interests to work through the EU in a number of policy areas. The key benefits included: increased impact from acting in concert with 27 other countries; greater influence with non-EU powers, derived from our position as a leading EU country; the international weight of the EU’s single market, including its power to deliver commercially beneficial trade agreements; the reach and magnitude of EU financial instruments, such as for development and economic partnerships; the range and versatility of the EU’s tools, as compared with other international organisations; and the EU’s perceived political neutrality, which enables it to act in some cases where other countries or international organisations might not.” Foreign policy: balance of competences report, HM Government, November 2012, page 6.↩
Earlier in week, I said a Scottish Tory MP was talking nonsense on broadband delivery. In the interests of informed debate on an important issue, I thought I’d set out some key facts. This is the first chance I’ve had, so here follows a short thread…