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British Broadcasting Corporation

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will direct the British Broadcasting Corporation to publish in its annual report a statement showing how far it is its policy to have an executive producer, a producer and a director on every show; by how much its staff has increased since 1973; and how many persons are paid by it sums in excess of £5,000 per annum whilst doing no work.

No. My right hon. Friend would not use his powers to give directions of this sort unless there were substantial indications that the situation was unsatisfactory. There is no evidence of this. The BBC informs us that the increase in full-time staff between 1st April 1973 and 31st March 1974 was 32.