03 JUL 2014

Mobile Coverage in Dover and Deal

In questions to the Department for Culuture Media and Sport, I asked about mobile coverage in our corner of Kent and how it can be improved.

Charlie: If his Department will commission research on methods of improving mobile telephone coverage; and if he will make a statement.

Sajid Javid (Secretary of State): We need to improve mobile coverage in the UK, and I have been discussing with Ofcom and the mobile network operators what more can be done. The mobile infrastructure project will extend coverage to remote and rural areas that currently have no coverage.

Charlie: Many visitors from the European Union travel by ferry to my constituency of Dover and, because of international roaming, those from France get better mobile coverage than my own constituents. How can this be?

Sajid Javid (Secretary of State): As usual, my hon. Friend makes a very good point. It is true that French nationals who visit the UK get better coverage than his constituents because of international roaming. I encourage operators in the UK to go further and I am discussing the issue with mobile operators and Ofcom. No firm decisions have been taken at this point, but it is a very important issue.

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Charlie Elphicke

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. I hope to be re-elected to serve our community for another term. 

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