UK minister gets his IT head round a Mars Bar

Houses of Parliament, Wikimedia CommonsEd Vaizey, who runs the unwieldily titled Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, set out his digital properties for the UK parliament for the next five years.

And he said the impact of IT on the UK economy is a bit like a Mars Bars, which helps you “work, rest and play”.

He said the government wants to make it easier for people to shop online, and across borders too and to scrap unnecessary burdens which stop businesses and start ups from doing business throughout the European Union.

He claimed so-called superfast broadband is now available to over 80 percent of homes and businesses in the UK and that the government has dished out over 25,000 broadband vouchers to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Brtain.

He said British companies earn one in every £5 from the internet and that data driven firms are 40 percent more likely to introduce products and services than their rivals.

But 90 percent of large companies and 73 percent of smaller companies had an IT breach of security last year. Those supplying the government now need to hold a Cyber Essentials certificate.

He claimed the digital sector is a UK success story and employs over 1.3 million people. But the UK needs a million new people working on digital stuff within the next 10 years.