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S4c

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the departmental budget allocations were for the S4C Channel each year since 1995; and if she will make a statement. [117744]

S4C's statutory grant entitlement is for the calendar year but the Department for Culture, Media and Sport operates on an April to March financial year. The Department's budget allocations for the relevant period may therefore differ from the Welsh Authority's grant entitlement for the corresponding calendar year, but were as follows.

£ millions
Departmental allocation
1995–9668.486
1996–9772.310
1997–98118.414
1998–9975.127
1999–200075.127
2000–0175.127
2001–0276.817
2002–0380.217
2003–0485.217
1 From January 1998, under the new funding formula introduced by the Broadcasting Act 1996 S4C's annual grant ceased to be paid in full in January each year and became payable in instalments. The budget alloction for 1997–98 therefore covered

the period January to March 1998 only.