§ 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. 
§ 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.