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Broadband

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of households in rural areas (a) are connected to and (b) have the capacity to be connected to (i) 256 kb/s, (ii) 512 kb/s, (iii) 1MB/s and (iv) 2 MB/s broadband. (256374)

The matter raised is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of households which have access to broadband internet in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England; (256488)

(2) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of households which own a computer.

The matters raised are the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate of the number of households which have access to broadband internet in (a) Winchester, (b) Hampshire and (c) England is. (257790)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The matter raised is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.