MP calls for broadband committee

Labour MP Derek Wyatt has written to the leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook to argue the case for setting up a special...

Labour MP Derek Wyatt has written to the leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook to argue the case for setting up a special select committee on broadband.

Wyatt believes a special select committee is needed because existing select committees shadow specific government departments and do not adequately address the need for broadband infrastructure.

Wyatt, who sits on the Culture, Media and Sports Committee and the All-Party Internet Committee, said, "A special select committee is needed to cut across several departments because at present they all exist in their own silos.

"Broadband needs a different kind of approach so that departments such as health, education, the Home Office, work and pensions, transport and the Treasury can determine their needs collectively and figure out ways of pooling demand."

David Harrington, director general of the Communications Management Association, said, "It would be a great step forward. One of the reasons why we have lost our way is that we have no consistent national policy and no framework, so the regulator cannot take things forward. A fresh look at broadband by a new committee might produce results."

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