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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the percentage of the UK population able to receive Freeview digital television. [118337]

I understand from the BBC that at Freeview's launch in October 2002, coverage stood at 72.3 per cent. of UK households. By the end of July 2003, Freeview coverage to correct domestic antennas in good condition is expected to stand at 73.1 per cent. of UK households. Further information can be obtained from Freeview's website at: