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Digital Broadcasting

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the impact on the Programming Making and Special Events sector of the Digital Dividend Review; which industry representatives have been consulted by Ofcom during the review; and if he will make a statement. (121070)

The matters raised are the responsibility of the Regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Gentleman Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the likely impact of the Digital Dividend Review on the newsgathering operations of UK broadcasters. (124824)

Management of the radio spectrum in the UK is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) the independent communications regulator. Matters concerning the Digital Dividend Review should be addressed directly to Ofcom.