Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

Challenging the government on their broadband target – 18/04/13

Today at Culture, Media and Sport questions in the House of Commons I challenged Secretary of State Maria Miller MP about the government’s superfast broadband target:

"Everyone knows that having access to decent speed broadband is vital to businesses and to people's work and home life. And it needs to be in all areas.

"When we were in government we committed that everyone in the UK would get decent speed broadband - that's at least 2 megabits per second - by the end of last year.

"The government abandoned that target.

"Ofcom say that there are still, now, 2.6million households who haven't got decent speed broadband

"Instead, they promised superfast broadband by the end of 2015. There’s growing concern they are not going to meet that target.

"Can she assure the House that these concerns are wrong and that she is on track to meet the government’s target of 90% of premises getting superfast broadband by 2015?"

The Secretary of State refused to confirm if they would meet the target.

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