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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 4:27 pm, 28th October 2019

I thank my hon. Friend very much indeed. He is absolutely right that this Government do not want to draw a distinction between people who live in an urban or a rural area as far as connectivity is concerned. Everybody needs greater connectivity; it is an important way to enjoy the new technologies, to prosper, to build productivity and to support small businesses and households. That is why we are taking it so seriously and why I hope, particularly in relation to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, that people will see this as a great announcement.