Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 11th January 1995.
Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to be able to receive and respond to communications via electronic mail.
The Prime Minister: My office is currently studying options which would provide electronic mail access to Downing Street. A decision on the feasibility of such a service will be made as soon as possible.
Mr. David Shaw: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement about the plans of his Department to make information available on Internet and the documents which he intends to be made available on Internet over the next year which will be accessible via the world wide web server “open.gov.UK” or any specific departmental server.
The Prime Minister: My office is about to begin trials of a system that will connect Downing Street to the Internet. The trial will examine the possibility of offering a World Wide Web service to Downing Street. The trial will also examine ways of allowing users to electronically retrieve documents which would normally be available through more traditional sources. Any system chosen would not replace any of these normal distributions methods.