MPs don’t believe Primer Minister Tony Blair can get all government services online by 2005.
In a poll conducted by Market & Opinion Research International (MORI) for the World Internet Forum (WFI), 61 per cent of 101 MPs questioned felt the government could hit its target. A drop of 13 per cent from when MPs were polled with the same question in January.
Investment Last week, Blair announced the government was investing £1 billion to ensure all government services are online by 2005. He also announced that his government plans to invest £10 million this year getting UK businesses online. Blair has pledged an additional £15 million over the next two years to "help companies exploit new technologies by providing help, with expert advice available face to face, online or by telephone".
The divide between the views of the Labour MPs and those of Conservative MPs is marked. At the beginning of the 79 per cent of Labour MPs and 63 per cent for Conservatives felt the Government would reach its target. These figures have fallen by 25 per cent for Conservatives and by 10 per cent for Labour.
The survey also found that 89 per cent of Labour MPs and 72 per cent of Conservative MPs are concerned that members of the public who don’t have access to the Internet will be at a disadvantage.
The World Internet Forum is hosting its annual meeting of governments and corporations from around the world in London from November 13-15.