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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the level of competition in the broadband market. [116514]

The Government target is for the UK to have the most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 by 2005. Latest statistics indicate that at the end of March 2003, we had the third most competitive market based on measures of choice, price and regulatory framework. This is up from fourth in the G7 a year before.