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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10143: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on delivering superfast broadband in the North East Scotland parliamentary region in the last 12 months.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 July 2017

Alongside our partners, the Scottish Government is delivering the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) Programme which will extend fibre broadband access to at least 95% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2017. This is a national programme, which is being managed through two regional contracts – one covering the Highlands & Islands region; the other covering the rest of Scotland. It is, therefore, not possible to provide delivery costs at Parliamentary Constituency level.

Latest figures show that in the North East Scotland parliamentary region 116,378 homes and business have access to fibre broadband as a result of DSSB, 101,984 of which are capable of accessing superfast speeds. These are homes and businesses that would not be capable of accessing fibre broadband had it not been for our intervention.