asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will specify the office and technical facilities provided for the United States Foreign Broadcast Information Service at Caversham Park and the terms on which these are provided.
The BBC Monitoring Service at Caversham Park, near Reading, has a long-standing relationship with the United States Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) dating back to the Second World War. Under agreed exchange arrangements the two organisations have divided between them world coverage of foreign broadcasts. The FBIS maintains at Caversham Park an editorial unit of 12 persons as well as communication facilities for the transmission of material to and from FBIS Headquarters in Washington. Monitoring reports are freely available to anyone on subscription. Details of these arrangements may be found on pages 231–232 of the BBC Handbook 1975.