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Bbc (External Services)

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the structure of the funding of the British Broadcasting Corporation external services.

The British Broadcasting Corporation external services are funded on an annual basis by two grants-in-aid; one is for broadcasting and the other for monitoring. Both are administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In addition, the FCO is directly responsible for funding and operating four broadcasting stations which relay British Broadcasting Corporation programmes worldwide.