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Broadband

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure broadband is made available to all those living in Shropshire. [111660]

UK imports of goods from sub-Saharan Africa1 (£ million)
SITC DivisionCommodity group22000Year to February 2003ChangePerecentage change
02Dairy products and birds' eggs1.35.34.0318.8
03Fish, (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs, and aquatic invertebrates and preparations thereof93.9130.937.039.4
04Cereals and cereal preparations0.30.70.4114.7
05Vegetables and fruit301.6375.974.324.7
06Sugar, sugar preparations and honey167.3219.251.831.0
07Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof241.7304.262.525.9
08Feeding stuff for animals not including unmilled cereals2.02.60.524.9
09Miscellaneous edible products and preparations2.73.70.934.2
11Beverages81.7123.241.650.9
12Tobacco and tobacco manufacturers50.861.310.520.7
21Hides, skins and furskins, raw7.99.91.924.6
22Oil seeds and oleaginous fruit5.27.62.446.3
27Crude fertilisers other than those of division 56 and crude minerals (excluding coal, petroleum and precious stones)41.848.87.016.7
29Crude animal and vegetable materials28.340.011.741.4

We expect to spend 1 billion over three years to 2006 to help bring broadband to primary and secondary schools, GPs, primary care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities. We are also developing strategies to aggregate public sector demand to reinforce the case for wider community access to broadband.I was pleased to see reports that Shropshire has provided broadband connection to all its 22 Libraries in February this year with support from the People Network Initiative, supported by the New Opportunities Fund.Through the £30 million Broadband Fund, my Department also supports satellite trials through the Remote Area Broadband Inclusion Trial (RABBIT). Shropshire receives support through this Trial, directed at giving rural SMEs experience of broadband.