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Part of Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th May 2003.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Cabinet Office) 11:30 am, 13th May 2003

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising the important challenge of the digital divide. We now have 6,000 UK Online centres that operate right across the country. They provide exactly the kind of internet access of which he spoke. We have identified one of the principal barriers as being skills and confidence among the population, and the campaign that the Government announced only yesterday is a significant initiative in helping to bridge that divide.