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Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the total receipts, and for how many programmes or hours of television broadcasting, that the BBC World Service received from BBC World in each year since BBC World's inception. [14740]

The following sums were paid by BBC Worldwide (the BBC's commercial arm) to the World Service to fund the cost of provision of news output for BBC World:

Financial yearPayment£World Service Output (hours per day)
1991–926,089,97912
1992–937,133,00012
1993–949,130,00012
1994–9515,646,715115
1995–96210,704,07415
1996–9710,650,00015
1Average.
2The annual payment was reduced from 1995–96 onwards when BBC Worldwide took on the provision of the technical resource requirements (studios etc) for BBC World news directly: previously the cost of these had been reflected in the sums paid to the World Service.