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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-11more like thismore than 2021-02-11
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Broadband: Wales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding he plans to allocate to Wales under the UK Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme. more like this
tabling member constituency Ceredigion more like this
tabling member printed
Ben Lake more like this
uin 153339 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-01more like thismore than 2021-03-01
answer text <p>The UK Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme launched in May 2019, with voucher and public sector site elements.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Through RGC, the UK government has continued the roll-out of gigabit capable full-fibre in Wales, with nearly £3.7m committed:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>a) 351 connected (£646k) and 932 pipeline (£1.79m) rural vouchers</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>b) £1.25m to for 103 public sites in 11 Local Authority areas - Welsh Government will oversee the project that covers public sites in Anglesey, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, and Swansea.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In addition to rural vouchers, in Wales there was the previous gigabit voucher scheme with 562 connected (£1.24m) and 66 pipeline (£147k).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In addition to the RGC public site project, in Wales there are a number of other Local Full Fibre Network Challenge Fund projects that are connecting public sites with nearly £24.5m committed:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><ul><li><p>across North Wales with the six local authorities for 350 public sites</p></li><li><p>in Pembrokeshire for 70 public sites</p></li><li><p>along the South Wales Strategic Road Network</p></li><li><p>across the Cardiff Capital Region with the ten local authorities for 174 public sites</p></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-01T16:04:06.237Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-01T16:04:06.237Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4630
label Biography information for Ben Lake more like this
1286435
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-11more like thismore than 2021-02-11
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Broadband: Rural Areas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether projects funded by the Rural Gigabit Connectivity vouchers, but not submitted by 19 February 2021, will still be eligible for new Gigabit Broadband Vouchers from April 2021. more like this
tabling member constituency Tonbridge and Malling more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Tugendhat more like this
uin 153298 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-02more like thismore than 2021-03-02
answer text <p>Since May 2019, eligible homes and businesses in rural areas that are part of a group project have been able to benefit from the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme funded by the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme. Voucher funding is a grant to individual residents and small businesses and is therefore committed when a voucher is issued to a beneficiary, at which point their supplier has 12 months to provide a connection. The Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme is due to close on March 31 2021, by which point all voucher requests must be received.</p><p>Due to the success of the voucher scheme, and in line with the government’s ambition to provide access to gigabit-capable broadband to the hardest-to-reach communities in rural areas across the UK, a new gigabit broadband voucher is being developed as part of the UK Gigabit programme. This will target the hardest to reach areas which are least likely to benefit from commercial rollout. The government expects the new voucher to go live in April 2021 and, along with further details of the voucher, a new eligibility checker will be published in order to help consumers identify if they are eligible for a voucher. BDUK will also work with suppliers to help them transition existing projects, where they are eligible, to the UK Gigabit programme so that communities do not miss out on the opportunity for government funding to enable their access to gigabit capable connections.</p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-02T16:55:03.4Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-02T16:55:03.4Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4462
label Biography information for Tom Tugendhat more like this
1285253
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-09more like thismore than 2021-02-09
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Broadband: Scotland and Wales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in the Scottish and Welsh Governments on the implementation of the Outside-In programme in Scotland and Wales. more like this
tabling member constituency Ceredigion more like this
tabling member printed
Ben Lake more like this
uin 151800 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-18more like thismore than 2021-02-18
answer text <p>Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, met with Paul Wheelhouse Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands - Scottish Government on 16 December 2020, to discuss the UK Gigabit programme and the implementation of the Outside-In programme in Scotland.</p><p>He highlighted that UK government has started the roll-out of gigabit capable full fibre in Scotland with more than £22m invested already in a number of projects including:</p><p>a) The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme with over £4.9m committed</p><p>b) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £4.3m in the Highlands for 152 public sites</p><p>c) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £1.9m in Unst and Yell (Shetland) for 21 public sites</p><p>d) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £5.9m in Tay Cities for 228 public sites</p><p>e) Rural Gigabit Connectivity project awarded £1.4m in Dumfries and Galloway for 35 public sites</p><p>f) Rural Gigabit Connectivity project awarded £2.1m for NHS Scotland for 51 public sites</p><p>g) Rural Gigabit Connectivity project awarded £2m in the Highlands for 37 public sites (in addition to the Local Full Fibre Network sites above)</p><p>Similarly the UK government has also started the roll-out of gigabit capable full-fibre in Wales with more than £29m committed in a number of projects including:</p><p>a) Support to the Superfast Wales project, which is delivered by the Welsh Government, and has provided almost 733,000 properties across Wales with access to fast fibre broadband. The contract intervened where the Private Sector had no plans to do so (at the time of procurement). The current phase, which runs to June ‘22, will reach up to 39k more prems.</p><p>b) The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme with over £3.8m committed</p><p>c) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £8m in North Wales with 6 local authorities for 350 public sites</p><p>d) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £1.2m in Pembrokeshire for 70 public sites</p><p>e) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £12m to the Welsh Government for the South Wales Strategic Road Network project</p><p>f) Local Full Fibre Network project awarded £3.16m to the Welsh Government for the Cardiff Capital Region project for 174 public sites in the ten authorities in SE Wales</p><p>g) Rural Gigabit Connectivity project awarded £1.25m to the Welsh Government for 103 public sites in 11 Local Authority areas</p><p>The UK government, through BDUK, has commenced regular collaborative engagement with Scottish and Welsh Government Officials on the planning for the UK Gigabit programme. They have set up a number of workstreams to ensure the optimal mix of approaches to Outside-In in Scotland and Wales is achieved.</p><p>The Minister also met with Lee Waters MS, the Deputy Minister for Economy &amp; Transport on 1 May 2020, to discuss the Shared Rural Network. They discussed the benefits of the programme and acknowledged that the SRN was positive but Mr Waters had some concerns about the length of time for the full benefits of the programme. Both ministers agreed to meet again in the near future to discuss how they can collectively create an environment in which they can accelerate developments whilst maximising existing resources and infrastructure to reduce overall cost on the public purse. The Minister is committed to continue working collaboratively with his Scottish and Welsh counterparts on the implementation of the Outside-In programme in Scotland and Wales.</p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-18T16:57:14.067Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-18T16:57:14.067Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4630
label Biography information for Ben Lake more like this
1284706
registered interest true more like this
date less than 2021-02-08more like thismore than 2021-02-08
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Broadband: Urban Areas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the rollout of high speed broadband includes areas of low speed broadband in urban areas as well as non-urban areas. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol North West more like this
tabling member printed
Darren Jones more like this
uin 150907 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-11more like thismore than 2021-02-11
answer text <p>The government is committed to delivering nationwide gigabit connectivity as soon as possible and more than one in three UK premises already have it. We are targeting a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable coverage by 2025 but will seek to accelerate rollout further to get as close to 100% as possible.</p><p>Our analysis suggests that the overwhelming majority of urban premises are within the most commercial 80% of the UK. In these areas, we expect that the private sector will deploy gigabit capable connectivity commercially, and address any remaining premises that have slow speeds. To support industry’s efforts, we continue to work quickly to incentivise investment and remove barriers to rollout, for example through the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill, which will make it easier for the industry to connect blocks of flats to high speed fixed and mobile technology.</p><p>In addition, we are proposing to invest £5 billion through our UK Gigabit programme to deliver gigabit connectivity to less commercial premises, including those with lower speeds currently. This programme will use a variety of interventions, including procurements, connecting public sector hubs and gigabit vouchers.</p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-11T16:47:47.13Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-11T16:47:47.13Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4621
label Biography information for Darren Jones more like this
1284819
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-08more like thismore than 2021-02-08
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Telecommunications Systems more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the number of vulnerable people who will be affected by the switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network. more like this
tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
tabling member printed
Martyn Day more like this
uin 150861 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-16more like thismore than 2021-02-16
answer text <p>The retirement of the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and its replacement with Internet Protocol technology, is being led by Openreach and Virgin Media, as the relevant infrastructure owners. Openreach and Virgin Media have publicly set out their plans to withdraw these services by the end of 2025. The migration is likely to affect all fixed exchange lines, of which there are 31.3 million in the UK.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Ofcom estimates that 81% of UK households have a landline service, with 4% of UK adults living in a home with a landline and no mobile phone and 3% of UK households having only a landline without any broadband. The government, Ofcom, and industry are working to ensure that the needs of vulnerable consumers are considered and Ofcom regularly monitors how communication providers are taking steps to ensure they identify and protect vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>In June 2020, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a government advisory forum on telecoms policy, launched the <a href="https://www.futureofvoice.co.uk/" target="_blank">‘Future of Voice’</a> website. This consumer-facing website is designed to inform the public and businesses of the PSTN switchover process. The website has been developed with the support of telecoms companies, Ofcom and DCMS.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The government will also continue to work closely with various stakeholders, including the telecoms industry, Ofcom, and other government departments to ensure the country is prepared for the withdrawal of the PSTN, and will continue to consider the best course of action to prepare for the migration.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
grouped question UIN
150863 more like this
150864 more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.8Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.8Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4488
label Biography information for Martyn Day more like this
1284821
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-08more like thismore than 2021-02-08
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Telecommunications Systems: Business more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network on businesses in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
tabling member printed
Martyn Day more like this
uin 150863 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-16more like thismore than 2021-02-16
answer text <p>The retirement of the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and its replacement with Internet Protocol technology, is being led by Openreach and Virgin Media, as the relevant infrastructure owners. Openreach and Virgin Media have publicly set out their plans to withdraw these services by the end of 2025. The migration is likely to affect all fixed exchange lines, of which there are 31.3 million in the UK.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Ofcom estimates that 81% of UK households have a landline service, with 4% of UK adults living in a home with a landline and no mobile phone and 3% of UK households having only a landline without any broadband. The government, Ofcom, and industry are working to ensure that the needs of vulnerable consumers are considered and Ofcom regularly monitors how communication providers are taking steps to ensure they identify and protect vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>In June 2020, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a government advisory forum on telecoms policy, launched the <a href="https://www.futureofvoice.co.uk/" target="_blank">‘Future of Voice’</a> website. This consumer-facing website is designed to inform the public and businesses of the PSTN switchover process. The website has been developed with the support of telecoms companies, Ofcom and DCMS.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The government will also continue to work closely with various stakeholders, including the telecoms industry, Ofcom, and other government departments to ensure the country is prepared for the withdrawal of the PSTN, and will continue to consider the best course of action to prepare for the migration.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
grouped question UIN
150861 more like this
150864 more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.857Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.857Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4488
label Biography information for Martyn Day more like this
1284822
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-08more like thismore than 2021-02-08
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Telecommunications Systems more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to communicate the switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network to (a) residential consumers and (b) businesses. more like this
tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
tabling member printed
Martyn Day more like this
uin 150864 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-16more like thismore than 2021-02-16
answer text <p>The retirement of the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and its replacement with Internet Protocol technology, is being led by Openreach and Virgin Media, as the relevant infrastructure owners. Openreach and Virgin Media have publicly set out their plans to withdraw these services by the end of 2025. The migration is likely to affect all fixed exchange lines, of which there are 31.3 million in the UK.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Ofcom estimates that 81% of UK households have a landline service, with 4% of UK adults living in a home with a landline and no mobile phone and 3% of UK households having only a landline without any broadband. The government, Ofcom, and industry are working to ensure that the needs of vulnerable consumers are considered and Ofcom regularly monitors how communication providers are taking steps to ensure they identify and protect vulnerable customers.</p><p> </p><p>In June 2020, the Broadband Stakeholder Group, a government advisory forum on telecoms policy, launched the <a href="https://www.futureofvoice.co.uk/" target="_blank">‘Future of Voice’</a> website. This consumer-facing website is designed to inform the public and businesses of the PSTN switchover process. The website has been developed with the support of telecoms companies, Ofcom and DCMS.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The government will also continue to work closely with various stakeholders, including the telecoms industry, Ofcom, and other government departments to ensure the country is prepared for the withdrawal of the PSTN, and will continue to consider the best course of action to prepare for the migration.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
grouped question UIN
150861 more like this
150863 more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.91Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-16T19:29:07.91Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4488
label Biography information for Martyn Day more like this
1284979
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-08more like thismore than 2021-02-08
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Broadband more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in rolling out superfast broadband. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
tabling member printed
Chi Onwurah more like this
uin 150799 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-11more like thismore than 2021-02-11
answer text <p>According to Thinkbroadband (<a href="http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/uk" target="_blank">http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/uk</a>), currently 96.98% of premises in the UK have access to Superfast broadband, this is up from 58% in 2012.</p><p>A breakdown of each area of the UK can be found below:</p><p>England - 97.49% - up from 61% in 2012</p><p>Wales - 95.63% - up from 36.6% in 2012</p><p>Scotland - 95% - up from 49% in 2012</p><p>Northern Ireland - 90.22% - up from 70.4% in 2012</p><p>Since its inception in 2012, the Superfast Programme has delivered superfast broadband to 5.3 million premises, which constitutes 17% of all households in the UK. In 2019, the majority of delivery on the Superfast Programme moved from Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) to Fibre to the Premise (FTTP). For example, for the financial quarter April-June 2020, ~90% (27k premises out of 30k) of delivery through the programme was FTTP. The Superfast Programme, therefore, is now a significant contributor to the government’s gigabit ambitions, as well as satisfying its commitment to Superfast coverage.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-11T12:00:35.323Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-11T12:00:35.323Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4124
label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this
1283776
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-04more like thismore than 2021-02-04
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Dormant Assets Scheme more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps he is taking to allocate to good causes the dormant assets identified by the Dormant Assets Scheme. more like this
tabling member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
tabling member printed
David Simmonds more like this
uin 911829 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-04more like thismore than 2021-02-04
answer text <p>The Dormant Assets Scheme enables money sitting in forgotten accounts to be unlocked for social or environmental purposes.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>UK-wide, the Scheme has so far released over £745m, including £150m for coronavirus recovery last year.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Following the government’s consultation response, and years of close industry engagement, I’m delighted to say that the Scheme is now set to be expanded, potentially unlocking over £800m for good causes over the coming years.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-04T15:41:00.91Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-04T15:41:00.91Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4872
label Biography information for David Simmonds more like this
1283777
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-02-04more like thismore than 2021-02-04
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Third Sector: Coronavirus more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What plans he has to provide additional financial support to the civil and voluntary sector during the national covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021. more like this
tabling member constituency Blaydon more like this
tabling member printed
Liz Twist more like this
uin 911832 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-02-04more like thismore than 2021-02-04
answer text <p>The £750 million sector funding package offered unprecedented support to allow charities and social enterprises to continue their vital work and support our national response to the pandemic.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Government continues to make a package of support available across the economy to enable organisations to get through the months ahead. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which continues to be a lifeline to a multitude of organisations.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Boston and Skegness more like this
answering member printed Matt Warman more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-02-04T15:41:33.157Zmore like thismore than 2021-02-04T15:41:33.157Z
answering member
4361
label Biography information for Matt Warman remove filter
tabling member
4618
label Biography information for Liz Twist more like this