Telephone Services

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered at on 6 September 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie SNP Chief Whip, SNP Deputy Leader, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many telephone lines are in use in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) each region of England and (d) Northern Ireland; and how many such lines are broadband lines.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The Department does not gather or keep such statistics. Ofcom's Communications Market Report 2010 reports that in 2009 the number of fixed telephone lines in the UK was 32.1 million. Ofcom's Technology Tracker Q1 (January to February 2010 fieldwork) for fixed line telephone and fixed broadband penetration (proportion of households with each service) indicated that in the UK, 85% of households had a fixed line, (some 27.3 million lines) and 65% of households had fixed broadband (some 20.9 million lines). The Technology Tracker also records the following country and regional information by household:

England Scotland Wales N. Ireland
Fixed line 86 79 79 81
Fixed broadband 66 54 57 62
London South East South West East Midlands West Midlands East of England
Fixed Line 84 92 90 85 83 92
Fixed broadband 63 74 72 69 58 72
Yorkshire/Humberside North East North West
Fixed line 84 82 82
Fixed broadband 64 63 60

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