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'Tell us if you block smut', says Luton MP

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An MP is urging ISPs to come clean on whether or not they block access to websites hosting images of child abuse. Margaret Moran, the Labour MP for Luton South, is due to raise the issue in parliament by introducing the Control of Internet Access (Child Pornography) Bill, a private member's bill that stands little chance of becoming law.

However Moran may use the brief time alloted her on the floor of the house for debate under the 10-minute rule to "name and shame" the estimated one in five UK ISPs who fail to disclose their practices, the BBC reports. Industry and government are unconvinced of the need for the disclosure laws advocated by Moran.

The Home Office favours industry self-regulation rather than legislation in the area. Trade group The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) said that large ISPs already block access to child pornography sites. ®

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