UK parliament accessed porn 300,000+ times in just one year -

A Freedom of Information request has revealed there were over 300,000 attempts to access pornography on the Parliamentary Network in the last year alone.

Roughly 5,000 people work in parliament - among them MPs, peers, and plenty of staff - but the number is still very high considering.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Huffington Post UK, the House of Commons said users of the Parliamentary Network - including MPs and staff - repeatedly tried to access websites classed as pornographic. 

The numbers fluctuated wildly, but at their highest, there were 114,844 attempts in November 2012 and 55,552 in April 2013. This May, there were 18,436 attempts.

A spokesperson for the Commons was quick to say the figures do not prove access was intentional - because a user could have accessed a site that contains "optional or automatic links to others" or other "pop-up" arrangements, recorded as requests.

Generally speaking, the sort of websites that throw up such dodgy adverts are grey-area legal themselves, such as dating websites or ad-packed content streaming.

The spokesperson added the Commons had no intention of restricting Parliament's "ability to carry out research".

The dodgy figures were revealed just months after British PM David Cameron decided to begin a moral crusade against pornography by introducing a blanket opt-out option for all major internet service providers.

300,000 attempts is certainly a fair amount of research to discover  "content tagged as violent, extremist, terrorist, anorexia and eating disorders, suicide, alcohol, smoking, web forums, esoteric material and web-blocking circumvention tools" or pornography which is "so extreme it can't even be purchased in a licensed sex shop".