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Published: 3rd Apr 2014

The primer minister has added his voice to the debate surrounding the government and BT's rollout of super-fast broadband.

In parliament yesterday (April 2nd), David Cameron was asked by MP for Argyll and Bute Alan Reid if he will force BT to reveal detailed information about when and where the project is set to take place and ensure the company is making effective use of taxpayers' money. 

"My constituents are very frustrated that BT cannot tell them when, or even if, their home will be connected, which makes alternative planning impossible," he added.

The prime minister responded: "I have had this discussion with BT, and I am happy to hold it again."

He said under-secretary of state for culture, media and sport Ed Vaizey has been tasked with speaking to the organisation to ensure they provide information regarding which "homes and areas will get broadband so that other companies and organisations are then able to see whether there are different ways of filling any gaps".

Mr Cameron said he rejects claims BT has not been efficient in its handling of the rollout and claimed the scheme has been a success story for the UK.

The subject of broadband has been receiving a lot of political attention this week thanks to the Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) latest comments on the coalition's project.

It has accused the government of allowing BT to establish a monopoly in the sector and criticised the use of public money and the lack of information regarding where and when improved services will be available.

While BT has defended itself against these claims, the PAC's comments have generally been well received across the broadband industry, with groups such as the Independent Networks Cooperative Association expressing their support.

Many organisations and individuals have revealed their frustration that detailed local coverage maps regarding the rollout have not been released. However, there are conflicting claims about whether BT or local councils are responsible for this.