In an unprecedented scene in Westminster, civil servants refused a peer of the realm entry to a government meeting on how to extend broadband access to the country's "not spots".
Civil servants also turned away Desmond Hughes, an adviser to Lord Corbett, who has been helping Lord Laird in Laird's inquiry into the activities of the Community Broadband Network, a broadband quango. Hughes was deputising for a delegate from NextGenUs UK, a company that was allowed into the meeting room.
An indignant Lord Laird spoke candidly to Computer Weekly senior reporter Ian Grant about the refusal, and what he plans to do about it. Watch the video below: