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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, 26 October 2011, Official Report, column 397, to which broadband league tables she was referring to; and if she will place a copy of those league tables in the Library.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I refer the hon. Lady to the following documents:

the December 2010 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ‘Digital Economy Paper No. 165—Indicators of Broadband Coverage’, which shows the UK as being among 14 OECD countries with very few or no Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connections; the Ofcom ‘International Communications Market Report 2010’, which states that household take-up of superfast broadband in the UK at the end of 2009 was 0.2%; and the Commission for Rural Communities ‘Rural Advocate Report 2010’, which states that only 1.5% of UK villages and hamlets were able to receive cable-based broadband (as against 60% of urban areas).

I will place copies in the Libraries of the House.

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