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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02751: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-02163 by Fergus Ewing on 8 September 2016, for what reason BT is not required to make cabinet locations public in its quarterly reports.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 September 2016

In common with other broadband projects across the UK that used the UK Government’s contract framework, the Digital Scotland contracts do not require BT to make cabinet location information public ahead of the build phase. This is to minimise the potential for contradictory information being given to the public, if cabinets subsequently need to be relocated due to planning or other issues.

Once there is certainty on cabinet locations, these are added to the publicly available interactive map on the Superfast Scotland website each quarter and provides public access to the live cabinet network through a simple post code search. This ensures that the public are able to access the most up-to-date, reliable information in a user friendly format.