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Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department began the research into return path usage among the elderly referred to in the minutes of the Emerging Technologies Group meeting on 27 February in relation to the digital switchover assistance scheme. (204919)

Together with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department has been exploring the opportunities around providing return path functionality for recipients of the digital switchover ‘Help Scheme’, and the meeting of the Emerging Technologies Group formed part of the discussions on this issue. The Department has not commissioned specific research on the usage of services by the elderly that are provided through a set-top box with a return path; the minutes refer to emerging data on the take-up of services specifically targeted at this group through the interactive ‘DigiTV’ platform, which is provided by Kirklees council.