E-Government

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 19th November 2002.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire 2:30 pm, 19th November 2002

Summits are all very well, but does the hon. Gentleman accept that they are no substitute for action? Has he seen the recent survey, published by Jupiter Research, which shows that the United Kingdom is one of the slowest connected countries to the internet, with only 7 per cent. using broadband, and most of that 7 per cent., of course, is in urban areas. Is not that appalling? Is he aware that the figure is nearly 30 per cent.? in Sweden? Why are they doing so much better than we are? Is it not the case that, under the John Major Government in the mid-1990s, we led the world in this area? Why is the United Kingdom now a world laggard?