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Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of households which have access to (a) the internet and (b) digital television. (276248)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) There is narrowband internet available to all of the UK. The Universal Service Obligation means that a fixed line is available to every UK household. Total Internet take up is at 65 per cent. of UK households.

(b) At present, 80 per cent. of UK households have access to digital terrestrial television. When switchover is complete it will be 98.5 per cent.

Digital satellite coverage is 98 per cent. Virgin Media states that 49 per cent. of households in the UK were able to get cable services at the end of 2007.