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Digital Audio Broadcasting

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress there has been in the take-up of digital audio broadcasting; and if she will make a statement. (74930)

Progress has been impressive with sales of DAB sets doubling in the last 12 months to April. Sales now exceed 3 million. The Government have established a regulatory regime which has allowed for this growth, and we continue to work closely with Ofcom and industry to encourage that development further. According to the Digital Radio Development Bureau, the UK leads the way in take up of DAB sets.