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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22710: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 17 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what involvement it has in the establishment of regulatory standards and processes in relation to the rollout of 5G technology.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 8 May 2019

Legislative and regulatory powers regarding telecommunications are currently reserved to the UK Government under the policy reservation provisions of the Scotland Act (1998).

As such, the Scottish Government has no direct locus in the establishment of regulatory standards and processes in relation to the rollout of 5G technology. More generally, the day to day regulation of telecommunications is the responsibility of the UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom.

Scottish Ministers and our officials do have regular engagement with Ofcom and seek to try to positively influence their policies, and those of UK Ministers, to try to ensure they work in the interests of Scottish consumers.