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Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the latest figures are for coverage by broadband in (a) urban and (b) rural areas. [130568]

Some 80 per cent, of UK households have access to a mass-market broadband solution targeted at residential or small business customers. The most recent statistics giving the breakdown for urban and rural areas are from June 2003. At that point national coverage was 76 per cent., urban and suburban areas, 92 per cent. and rural areas, 28 per cent.