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Timms confirmed as Digital Britain minister

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The BBC is reporting confirmation of the earlier Guardian story that Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will lead the plan for delivering the Digital Britain initiative. Timms will retain his current role but will report in to the both Lord Mandelson and Ben Bradshaw who lead the BIS and DCMS briefs respectively.

It has gone all rather quiet on the Digital Britain front recently, summer holidays apart, but the appointment of Timms – with a record as a previous e-commerce minister and as a noted enthusiast for the issues surrounding our digital future – is a welcome one which, we hope, will ensure that things do get moving quickly and coherently. The Guardian story quoted Timms’s main responsibility as being to push through the levy suggested by Digital Britain to support ‘beyond the market’ next generation access initiatives (on which Connect is currently finalising its policy). This may or may not be true, but it is one policy area that is likely to raise issues which need a firm, and identifiable, hand in control.

Casting around for press releases on the appointment, I found nothing on the BIS website, or on the Treasury, or on the No. 10 one. Then I spotted that the No. 10 website had Tweeted the news.

At that point, words did fail me. I know that the press are all in Tuscany during August, but some media outlets do have some sort of skeleton staff on, don’t they?


Written by Calvin

06/08/2009 at 3:32 pm

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