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BCS shows new face to Parliament

Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills and Ian Taylor MP, former Minister of Science and Technology, were just two prominent political figures who visited the British Computer Society's exhibition stand in the House of Commons last week.

Charles Clarke welcomed the BCS's presence in the House at a special reception on the House of Lords terrace and congratulated the Society on its drive for broad IT skills across the nation and its support of the government's e-learning strategy.

BCS Chief Executive David Clarke responded by warning assembled MP's that the IT profession was in danger of entering a period of public mistrust unless it addressed standards and ethics. It was for this reason, he said, that the BCS was aggressively driving forward its new membership campaign in order for a wider sector of the IT profession to ally itself with the Society's code of ethics.

The BCS is currently promoting its new membership programme and its forthcoming e-citizen skills qualification to MPs and key parliamentarians. In particular, the Society is anxious to increase awareness of its programme to raise professional standards and its new programme of professional IT training and qualification services.

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