Can The Apprentice 2017 candidates use mobile phones or the internet on tasks?
The rules have finally been cleared up ahead of Series 13.
A spokesperson for the show has said that although candidates are provided with phones for the tasks, they are not able to access the internet on them - unless it's required by the challenge.
The Apprentice spokesperson explained: Candidates do not have access to the internet on their mobile devices unless it is required by the task (for example, if they are launching a website). The tasks set by Lord Sugar are there to challenge the candidates to exhibit the skills needed to set up and run a business.
"By limiting access to the internet and mobile phones, Lord Sugar is able to clearly assess candidates’ intelligence and practical skills, while also keeping the process fair.”
The official comment was made to The Sun newspaper in response to an interview with former candidate Daniel Lassman.
The Series 10 contestant, who made it to the interview stages, confidently declared: “If I had my phone on me, not being arrogant, but I’d get the tasks done very quickly."
Daniel said the restriction was "stupid" and not like the "real world".
He told the newspaper: “Running around London with a map makes much better viewing then me saying, ‘Let me just Google this’. How stupid do we look running round with a map?
“I’ve got so many business connections but you’re not allowed to speak to anyone you know. It’s stupid because the business world is full of contacts and that’s the reason we get on in the real world.”
The Apprentice 2017 begins tonight on BBC One.