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Radio Licences

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 407W, on radio licences, what factors she took into account when deciding that there was not a case for a review at this time; and if she will make a statement. (82635)

It is a well established principle in the UK that broadcasting is carried out independently of Government. Accordingly, decisions on the licensing of radio stations are made by Ofcom, the independent regulator, free from Government intervention. We are not aware of any evidence which suggests that this principle should be reviewed.