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Satellite Broadcasts

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government support recommendation 926 (1981) of the European Assembly proposing that a Council of Europe convention, or a recommendation to member States, be elaborated to regulate cable television and direct television broadcasts by satellites.

The recommendation is currently before the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which has sent it for information to the steering committee on the mass media, which is studying the issues raised by cable and direct broadcasting by satellite, and proposes shortly to consider it further in the light of the steering committee's preliminary deliberations. Meanwhile the government have not formed a definitive view on the recommendation.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that United Kingdom legislation is compatible with the principles mentioned in recommendation 926 (1981) of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.

As indicated in the answer given today to another question from my hon. Friend on this subject, the Government have not yet formed a definitive view on this recommendation.