asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated initial and annual cost of establishing and operating a fourth television channel in Wales as recommended by the Crawford Report.
The working party, set up by my right hon. Friend, has not yet reported on the costs of providing a Welsh language television service on the fourth channel in Wales. The Crawford Report suggested capital costs of £6–£7 million and operating costs of £2 million a year.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take immediate steps to implement the recommendation of the Crawford Committee on Broadcasting Coverage that the highest priority be given to facilitating a fourth television channel for Wales.
My right hon. Friend has set up a working party to make proposals for a fourth television channel in Wales, as announced on 16th January by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales in reply to a Question by the right hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes).—[Vol. 884, c. 176.]