MPs lack faith in UK Online aims



Mike Simons

MPs are losing faith in ministers' ability to deliver their e-commerce and e-government goals, according to a new survey by...



Mike Simons

MPs are losing faith in ministers' ability to deliver their e-commerce and e-government goals, according to a new survey by market research firm Mori.

The results published to coincide with the Labour Party conference, will embarrass Prime Minister Tony Blair just weeks after he launched his £1bn UK Online drive.

Commissioned by the World Internet Forum, Mori found only 61% of 101 MPs it questioned agreed that the Government's goal of having 100% of its services available online by 2005 was achievable.

The survey also found that 89% of Labour MPs and 72% of Conservative MPs are concerned that citizens who do not have access to the Internet will be at a disadvantage.

One of the main aims of the UK Online initiative is to make the UK the best environment in the world for e-commerce.

However, when asked their opinion on whether the UK is leading the world in new technology and its adoption of e-commerce, only 41% of Conservative MPs and 60% of Labour MPs felt that the UK was achieving this goal.

Robert Blaney, chief executive officer of the World Internet Forum, said, "Viewing UK Online, we can find no explanations as to how these figures are going to be achieved, or indeed how these figures were decided upon at all by the UK Government."

The World Internet Forum is meeting in London from 13-15 November to offer governments and industry an arena to share best practice in the deployment of digital technologies.

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