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Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government offices in the regions are taking to expand (a) their own broadband use and (b) broadband use within their regions. (143155)

I have been asked to reply.

Government Offices are committed to providing staff with remote broadband access to their work systems where there is a justified business need. A number of staff have been provided with broadband access from their homes and further staff will be receiving connections in due course as business needs are identified.

Government Offices have no remit to expand broadband usage through their geographic boundaries.