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Published date : 05 December, 2012

Commenting on the Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons today (Wednesday), the Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire South has welcomed the announcement that Perth is to be one of the cities in line for investment in ultrafast broadband.

Speaking this afternoon, Mr Wishart said:

“In this cuts-laden Autumn Statement there was one massive beacon of light for Perth and that was the announcement that we are to be 1 of 9 cities across the UK to secure ultrafast broadband. This is simply fantastic news for Perth. Consumers and businesses and will now be able to secure the fastest possible speeds for broadband  and this will put us in the top league for connectivity.

“This is another tangible example of the benefits of securing city status for Perth and securing these broadband speeds is down to the hard work and lobbying from so many of us across the city.

“I know that Perthshire Chamber of Commerce will be particularly pleased by the prospect of faster broadband speeds, an issue on which they have been in regular contact with me. 

“This investment would not have been open to us if we had not been a city and I would now urge the Chancellor to remember that rural and non-city areas have broadband needs as well.”

“I am also pleased that after much lobbying from the SNP there will be no increase in the price of fuel. 

“The decision to freeze the three pence per litre fuel duty rise planned for January is the right decision. Representing a rural constituency I know that this will be particularly welcomed.

“These two two glimmers of light in the midst of a morass of gloom are the result of long and hard lobbying by a wide range of individuals and organisations including myself and I am pleased that the Chancellor has been persuaded."

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