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S5W-20159: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation by Audit Scotland, whether its digital infrastructure board will have an overall strategy in place by summer 2019.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 December 2018

We published our digital strategy - Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world - last year. This sets out our vision for Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking digital nation, and sets the context for our digital investment programmes.

We will continue to monitor commercial delivery of superfast broadband in the context of the R100 programme and the detail of the associated roll-out will become clear when contractors are appointed in the first half of 2019. However, given the reserved nature of telecoms, the Scottish Government does not have the powers to co-ordinate or oversee wider commercial activity, albeit we maintain good communications with commercial operators regarding their own investment plans.

We remain committed to working with the UK Government, Ofcom and wider industry to ensure that future public investment in digital connectivity, working alongside regulation, is targeted where it is most needed.