Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 10:30 am, 9th February 2012

I would like to bring a little reality to this debate. My constituency covers rural Teesdale, so I know that farmers are being required to communicate online with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs even when they have no broadband. Given that the problem is in rural areas, why did the Secretary of State earmark

£150 million of new money for cities? What is he going to do for people whose local authorities do not come forward with viable plans?