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E-commerce, Competition and the Consumer

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Stephen TimmsIssue:Europe 2004
Article no.:1
Topic:E-commerce, Competition and the Consumer
Author:Stephen Timms
Title:Minister of State
Organisation:For Energy, e-Commerce and Postal Services, United Kingdom
PDF size:72KB

About author

Stephen Timms is the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Energy, e-Commerce and Postal Services. He served previously as the Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness, the Minister of State for Schools at the Department for Education and Skills, as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as Minister of State for Social Security and as Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Department of Social Security. Prior to this he was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mo Mowlam, following his appointment as PPS to Andrew Smith as Employment Minister. He was elected Member of Parliament for East Ham, and as MP for Newham North East. Mr. Timms also held the position of leader of Newham Council. Mr. Timms worked in the computing and telecommunications industry for 15 years before entering Parliament in 1994, first for Logica and then for Ovum. He was educated at Farnborough Grammar School and studied mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. Mr Timms advised Labour’s information society policy forum in Opposition, and has been honorary president of the Telecommunications Users Association and a member of the Council of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee.

Article abstract

The UK is committed to developing the communications infrastructure needed to succeed as an innovator in e-business, public service delivery and on-line participation. The usage of ICT is strongly linked to economic growth. Broadband will play a pivotal role in this for business, people and government. Bringing broadband to rural Britain will benefit local businesses, the people they employ, and will stimulate the local economy. It will provide opportunities for training and development not otherwise available and give people new skills.

Full Article

If the United Kingdom, the UK, is to succeed as a world-class innovator in e-business, public service delivery and on-line participation, it is essential that we develop a world-class communications infrastructure. New technologies and fast access to information are transforming the business landscape. The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, DTI, is committed to ensuring that UK businesses can exploit the immense potential of the information age.

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