Following reports that the Government is expected to decide on Tuesday 28 January whether to ban equipment made by Chinese technology giant Huawei from its 5G networks, Matt Warman MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport) responded to Tom Tugendhat MP's urgent question on Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network.
Matt Warman MP: "The security and resilience of the UK's telecoms networks is of paramount importance."
Responding on behalf of the Government, Matt Warman MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport) said that "The UK has one of the world's most dynamic digital economies and we welcome open trade and inward investment, however our economy can only prosper and unleash Britain's potential when we and our international partners are assured that our critical national infrastructure remains safe and secure."
Speaking about the findings of his department's evidence based review of the telecoms supply chain to ensure a diverse, secure supply base he added:
"Despite the inevitable focus on Huawei, this review was not about one company or even one country, and we would never take a decision that threatens our national security or the security of our allies."
Tom Tugendhat MP: "The question for us has to be, is the risk worth it?"
Tom Tugendhat MP responded to Matt Warman's response to his urgent question, stating that:
"We know the stories about Huawei's co-operation with the state apparatus of China in countries like Uganda and Ethiopia. We know stories about their connections to the intelligence services and to the police state currently running in Xinjiang. We know also that there are strong accusations of effectively tech dumping - market subsidies that allow Huawei to compete against other companies on an unfair basis."
He added that "this is a very important decision not just for the UK, but also for our allies", and made note that the Cech government has rejected Huawei.
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