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Digital Switchover

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of digital switchover on the economy; what assessment she has made of the consequences for the economy of changes to the planned timetable; and if she will make a statement. (97113)

The economic impact of digital switchover on the UK economy is set out in cost benefit analyses produced by DCMS and Department of Trade and Industry economists. The most recent estimates were published in a report by DCMS and DTI in February 2005. I am arranging for copies of the report to be placed in the Library of both Houses. The report is also available from www.digitaltelevision

The February 2005 estimates indicated that a two-year delay in the completion of digital switchover would lead to a reduction of benefits of around £400 million in net present value terms, based on conservative assumptions about the future use of spectrum released by switchover.