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British Broadcasting Services (Overseas Service)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will take steps to improve the audibility of BBC external services to Eastern Europe and East Africa in view of the poor reception conditions in those areas.

Over £5 million will be available in the next financial year for the BBC external services' capital expenditure programme to improve audibility. As regards the areas which will benefit, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) on 28 November to the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell)—[Vol. 974, c. 688….

asked the Lord Privy Seal if, during the recent visit of the Minister of State to South America, he raised with the Argentine Government the question of the illegal occupation of Southern Thule in the Falkland Islands; and what were the results of his representations in this respect.

During my visit to Buenos Aires in July I had a general exchange of views with the Argentine Government on Anglo-Argentine relations, including the Falkland Islands. The Argentines are in no doubt of our views concerning Southern Thule.