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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made in the discussions within the European Economic Community on the broadcasting directive proposed by the Commission; and if he will make a statement.

The draft directive is still under discussion in the Council working group of officials. The Government continue to hold the view that a case has not been made out for Community legislation in this field, and that the proposed Council of Europe Convention provides a better way forward.