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The subject of super-fast broadband was debated in the House of Commons yesterday.

Helen Goodman, the MP for Bishop Auckland, criticised the government for delays in the introduction of high-speed internet.

She said: "The house knows by now that it was Labour’s policy to roll out broadband across the nation by 2012. The government put the target back to 2015 and BT now says that it will not be achieved until 2017."

Ms Goodman also questioned how the EU's decision to cut 90 per cent of its budget for broadband development would affect the UK.

Edward Vaizey, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for culture, media and sport, responded by saying he did not expect the cuts to have an impact on the government's broadband proposals.

He also claimed the UK is "well ahead of the game" in rolling out super-fast broadband and said the rest of Europe sees Britain as a leader in this field.