Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on privatising a larger share of the radio spectrum; and if he will make a statement.
Edward Vaizey (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DCMS; Wantage, Conservative): Government is aware of the need to put more spectrum into the market to support innovation and growth and launched the Public Sector Spectrum Release Programme in 2011. This programme aims to release 500 MHz of sub-5GHz spectrum from public sector use by 2020.
One of the early actions was to gauge stakeholder demand at a series of events. The most recent programme update was published on 10 March 2014. On the same day Government published the UK Spectrum Strategy which sets out a vision for efficient and flexiblespectrum management, with specific actions and the goal of doubling the contribution of spectrum use to the economy by 2025. Both documents can be found on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spectrum-strategy