3G Licensing Sale

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 19th November 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the 3G licensing sale conducted by her Department on (a) employment, (b) growth and (c) debt in the United Kingdom telecoms sector.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

We believe that the medium and long- term prospects for the UK telecoms sector remain strong. The current down-turn is part of a global phenomenon, not limited to countries in which there have been auctions of third generation mobile licences. UK mobile operators are continuing to work towards launch of third generation services as rapidly as is practicable.

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