HC Deb 20 January 2003 vol 398 c109W
Mr. Miller

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the impact of teleworking on rural communities. [91540]

Alun Michael

Modern communications technology which enables people to work from home can bring economic benefits to rural communities, and especially to those remote rural communities which do not have good transport links to urban centres, which might otherwise be denied to them. Higher bandwidth internet links will help with this and the Government are committed to extending the availability of broadband to rural areas, through for example the work of the UK Broadband Task Force, so that more businesses will be able to reap the benefits.

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