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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10144: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it will spend on delivering superfast broadband in the North East Scotland parliamentary region in the next 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 a Parliamentary constituency level.

Later this year we expect to launch new procurement to deliver our commitment to provide 100% superfast broadband access by 2021. This is a unique commitment across the UK.

In addition, digital infrastructure projects will also form part of the £250 million Aberdeen City Region Deal that was agreed between the Scottish Government, UK Government and regional partners in 2016. The Scottish Government is providing an additional £254 million, over and above the City Deal, to help deliver a more significant step change to the economy of the north east.