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Independent Broadcasting Authority (Powers)

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to amend the Broadcasting Act 1981 to ensure that the Independent Broadcasting Authority shall not be competent to ban the broadcasting of a television programme on the grounds that it may infringe the Official Secrets Act 1911.

We believe that the Independent Broadcasting Authority should continue to have the right to decide not to transmit any programme which could put it in breach of the criminal law or of its statutory obligations.