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Cable Television

Volume 888: debated on Friday 21 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has agreed to allow the five experimental community cable television stations to accept commercial advertising; and if he will set out the main reasons for his decisions and the conditions under which commercial advertising will be screened.

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle-Under-Lyme (Mr. Golding) on 6th March—[Vol. 887, c. 468.]—following representations from Lord Annan's committee the Government have decided to permit the experimental local community cable television stations to carry advertising so that some of the experiments can continue in operation during the committee's inquiry. It is intended that similar standards should apply to the content of advertisements as those which operate in independent television, and that advertisements should be subjected to a sample post-transmission check by the Home Office.