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Get this: 247,000 attempts were made to access porn in UK parliament last year

A freedom of information data grab has found that 247,000 attempts  to visit pornography sites were made on the UK parliament network last year. This is less than the 350,000 visits reported in 2013.

April and October were the two most popular months, with 42,000 visits made to websites categorized as pornographic during the former and 30,000 during the latter - averaging more than 1,300 attempts a day.

The Express, the pilot behind the data gathering, reported it is not known what specific websites the users were trying to access or how long was spent on the individual websites.

 Get this: 247,000 attempts were made to access porn in UK parliament last year

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This BBC article explains that the reported numbers cover all users of the Parliament's computer network, including MPs, Lords and all staff.

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said to The Telegraph, "One would hope that  those attempting to access these sites at Parliament could keep their extra-curricular activities safely within their own four walls, as it's not an appropriate use of time when it's on the taxpayers' tab."

In this article The Independent reports that these numbers emerge just as the Government is making moves to limit pornography distribution and use among the British public. The conduct of parliament members is being examined following the drug and sex scandal involving former Standards Commitee Chair Lord Sewel.

Lord Sewel has faced allegations after a video allegedly showing him taking cocaine with sex workers emerged this month.

Previously, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has cited online pornography as "corroding childhood".

“In the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out,” he said according to the Independent.

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Updated Date: Jul 29, 2015 09:09:38 IST