Govt accused of handing BT broadband 'bungs'

Friday, June 28th 2013
The government has once again been forced to defend the BDUK process.
Govt accused of handing BT broadband 'bungs'
The government has hit out at claims that it gave BT a "bung" when handing out contracts under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme.

BT was one of only two communications companies permitted to bid for BDUK work, but after the other successful applicant - Fujitsu - quit the process, the telecoms giant has been awarded every single contract.

This has led to regular criticism of the government for failing to deliver a competitive framework.

During backbench questions at the House of Commons, Rhondda MP Chris Bryant queried whether or not there was a connection between BT's dominance of the scheme and the fact that current BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston is poised to become a Trade Minister. This move could allow BT to receive "further bungs", he claimed.

Responding, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander remarked: "What a pathetic comment.

"There was a proper competition for contracts in every county in England, as well as in Scotland and Wales."

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