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Broadband (Yorkshire)

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what further steps she proposes to take to ensure that public sector investment in broadband is used to enable wider access for private users in East Yorkshire; [110167](2) what public sector procurement of broadband she expects to take place across the East Riding of Yorkshire during the next 12 months. [110166]

Through the UK Broadband Task Force, DTI is currently engaged in co-ordinating the aggregation of demand for broadband in the public sector. The aggregation project is aimed at extending broadband availability in the UK, as well as securing value for money, and will thus be of benefit to rural areas such as East Yorkshire.Details of public sector procurement plans across the East Riding of Yorkshire are not available.