Broadband in Wales — [Steve McCabe in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:53 pm on 6th July 2016.

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Photo of Chris Davies Chris Davies Conservative, Brecon and Radnorshire 2:53 pm, 6th July 2016

It is interesting to hear that the hon. Gentleman is a great fan of the link between the Welsh Government, the British Government and the European Union, because the two of us were at the meeting earlier with BT at which it clearly stated that rural Wales is behind in dishing out and receiving broadband. It was told by Europe that there needed to be a lot of chimney pots to allow it to tick the boxes and “draw the money down” from Europe—that was its phrase. It is because of our connection with Europe that rural Wales is behind. I hope the Minister will now ensure that we go forward quickly and catch up from the mistakes made in the last few years.