Lord Carter tipped to quit as Digital Britain report looms

Lord Stephen Carter the Communications minister, could be the latest minister to resign from the Government reports The Times.

The newspaper has reported he will announce his resignation on the eve of the report's launch.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said Lord Carter's plan to depart after the Digital Britain report was always planned. "We can confirm that he will step down at summer recess with the completion of his work, as originally intended and with the full agreement of the Prime Minister."

Lord Carter is due to release the Digital Britain report on Tuesday - the document is to shape the communications industry and includes broadband for all UK homes. He was recruited just 18 months ago and was the former public relations exec.

A statement from Carter says: "I'm beavering away feverishly on my report, that's my only preoccupation."

The Digital Britain report is set to propose measures to tackle illegal downloads, extend access to broadband internet services and revamp how public service broadcasting is funded.

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