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BBC External Services

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money the BBC World Service spent on services in each language in which it broadcasts (a) from her Department's precept and (b) in total in each of the last three financial years. (139147)

BBC World Service (BBCWS) analysis of its spending for each language service in financial year (FY) 2006-07 is set out below. Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant-in-aid funds all BBCWS language services. BBCWS is unable to present comparable data for the previous years requested by the hon. Member because of changes in accounting procedures, specifically the way its central costs are allocated. To provide figures that are both meaningful and comparable would require a comprehensive reworking of its financial information for previous years. This would incur disproportionate cost.

BBCWS analysis of operating grant-in-aid 2006-07

£ million

Africa and Middle East

French For Africa

1.8

African English

3.3

Great Lakes

0.4

Hausa Service

0.9

Portuguese

0.7

Somali

0.7

Swahili

1.0

Arabic (TV budget shown separately)

8.9

Americas and Europe

Brazilian

1.7

Latin American

3.8

Caribbean

0.4

Albanian

1.1

Romanian

1.3

Macedonian

0.4

Serbian

1.1

Turkish

1.0

Ukrainian

1.2

Russian

4.6

Asia Pacific

Chinese

3.2

Bengali

0.9

Hindi

1.6

Nepali

0.3

Sinhala

0.3

Tamil

0.3

Urdu

3.0

Burmese

0.7

Indonesian

1.2

Vietnamese

0.7

Uzbek

0.6

Azeri

0.6

Kazakh

0.1

Kyrgyz

0.2

Persian/Pashto

5.8

Total

53.7

Arabic TV (rising to £19 million in FY 2007-08)

9.0

English production, presentation and commissioning

48.7

Transmission

37.8

New Media

8.5

Finance, Property and provisions (including redundancy)

26.1

Marketing

6.2

Technology support

13.3

HR and Training

4.4

Direction, Strategy and other

4.3

Total expenditure

212.0

Grant-in-aid 2006-07

£ million

Operating

Capital

Total

Grant in aid 2005-06

208.1

31

239.1

Additional funding from SR2004

6.5

0

6.5

Vires from capital (ex £31 million total capital grant)

3.5

-3.5

0.0

BBC Monitoring Transfer to Cabinet Office

-6.1

0

-6.1

212.0

27.5

239.5