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Bbc World Service

Volume 204: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessments he has made of the quality of the BBC World Service broadcasts; and if he will make a statement.

The BBC World Service's reputation for the high quality, accuracy and impartiality of its broadcasts is well established and fully merited. The World Service attracts the largest audience of any international broadcaster, estimated at more than 120 million regular listeners.We continue to place great value on the World Service and the benefits it brings to Britain's international reputation.