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Volume 938: debated on Monday 7 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of the Crawford and Annan Reports, he will publish a White Paper on the Future of Broadcasting.

As announced in the Gracious Speech, the Government will be bringing forward proposals on the constitution, structure and organisation of broadcasting in the United Kingdom. No final decision has yet been reached on the form in which these proposals will be presented. They are currently being formulated in the light of the Report of the Annan Committee on the Future of Broadcasting (Cmnd. 6753) and of the comments received on it. The Annan Committee took into consideration, as will the Government, the recommendations of the Crawford Committee on Broadcasting Coverage (Cmnd. 5774).