Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
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Published on: 25 June 2014
In Prime Minister’s Question Time today, Meg raised the problems experienced by one third of businesses in the Shoreditch Tech City area who can’t get fast broadband.
In response, David Cameron promised that action would be taken by Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.
Meg will continue to monitor this situation and ensure that the Government acts on this promise. All businesses in Tech City need superfast broadband.
Meg’s question and the Prime Minister’s response are below.
Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Lab/Co-op):
They have been to breakfast with Boris, to tea at No. 10 and have danced with the Business Secretary, but businesses in Shoreditch and the City still cannot get superfast broadband. This is now a national embarrassment. What is the Prime Minister going to do?
The Prime Minister:
We have put a huge amount of money into expanding superfast broadband, and we are now doing better than other European countries in terms of the roll-out of our network and the speeds that are available. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is working very hard to deal with those areas of the country that do not yet have superfast broadband, and I will make sure that he puts Hackney firmly on his list.