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British Broadcasting Corporation

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide for changes in the British Broadcasting Corporation charter to enable the British Broadcasting Corporation to participate in, or initiate, feature film production; and if he will make a statement.

The BBC is not precluded by its Royal Charter and Licence and Agreement from involving itself in the production of feature films so long as this is related to its fundamental object of providing broadcasting services. The decision whether to be so involved is entirely a matter for the corporation taking into account financial and other relevant considerations.