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Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the Government have determined what proportion of the 350 million funding for broadband announced in the comprehensive spending review will be spent in Wales.

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David Jones (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales; Clwyd West, Conservative)

The Government's Broadband Strategy announced yesterday that every community in the UK, including Wales, will have access to superfast broadband as we move towards our aim to have Europe's best broadband network. We have not allocated shares from the 530 million we have made available to help deliver on this commitment by 2015, but expect that projects in Wales will receive an appropriate share of this funding.

The Secretary of State for Wales, my right hon. Friend Mrs Gillan hosted a meeting today with the Broadband Minister and the Deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government to discuss the co-ordination of work that is being undertaken by both Governments to ensure that the needs of the people of Wales are at the heart of this new drive.


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