HC Deb 30 March 2000 vol 347 c238W
24. Mr. Peter Bradley

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to overcome difficulties in improving access by rural communities to the internet; and if he will make a statement. [115683]

Ms Hewitt

The Prime Minister recently announced the Government's goal of universal internet access by 2005. People in rural areas can already get such access via a PC and a telephone line. The Government are also making sure that there are public internet access points widely spread across the country, including in rural areas.