Broadband (Rural Areas)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 10th September 2015.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 9:30 am, 10th September 2015

Frankly, I think Conservative Members will treat that statement with some derision, given the previous Labour Government’s failure to deliver for rural areas over many years. This summer we launched a rural productivity plan, which is all about ensuring that rural areas get good connectivity, good transport links and affordable housing. Under this Government we have seen the gap in productivity between rural and urban areas closing for the first time in years.