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Lords to quiz Paul Scully, Minister for Technology and the Digital Economy, on Government’s approach to digital exclusion

Friday 28 April 2023

On Tuesday 2 May the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee will hear evidence from Paul Scully, Minister for Technology and the Digital Economy as it concludes its inquiry into digital exclusion.

The session will focus on the Government’s record in reducing digital exclusion, the economic impact of digital exclusion, and what interventions in the telecoms market are needed to deliver fair and affordable internet access.

The Committee will hear evidence from Mr Scully from 2:30pm on Tuesday 2 May in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords.

Issues the Committee will discuss with the Minister include:

  • Whether enough priority is given to reducing digital exclusion by the Government and why there has not been a Digital Inclusion Strategy since 2014.
  • What assessment the Government has made of the economic benefits of reducing digital exclusion, including improving productivity and delivering economic growth.
  • How the Government will tackle the skills gap to ensure everyone can use digital services effectively.
  • How the Government will ensure companies are offering fair and affordable products. This will include how the VAT regime could be reviewed to make social tariffs more affordable.

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