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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is set to spend more than £1 million on legal advice between 2010 and 2015, it has been revealed.

The agency was set up by the Con-Lib coalition last year to administer the distribution of finance from the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund.

Under government plans, BDUK funding should enable 90 per cent of the UK population to access super-fast broadband speeds within four years.

But with professional advice needed on contract negotiations, grant agreements and state aid applications, the agency is set to run up a sizeable legal bill.

John Penrose, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, told PC Pro that BDUK tendered for supply of legal services in April 2011 to support delivery of the broadband and related programmes.

"The cumulative value of this contract will exceed £1 million by the end of the programmes in 2015," he stated.

"The period between the published opening of the tender and closure was four weeks."

BDUK announced last year how much rural broadband funding each council in the UK would be allocated to support the rollout of high-speed services.

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