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Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on the BBC Jam service prior to its suspension. (138838)

This is a matter for the BBC. The BBC inform us that spend on BBC Jam to the end of March 2007 was £79 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she had with the BBC Trust prior to its decision to suspend the BBC Jam service. (138839)

Government officials had discussions with the BBC Trust Unit about the European Commission’s request for a review of BBC Jam. However, the decision to suspend the service was a matter for decision by the Trust.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implications for the BBC Trust’s public service broadcasting obligations of its decision to suspend its BBC Jam services; and if she will make a statement. (138840)

None. It is the responsibility of the Trust to determine, within the framework of the Charter and Agreement, how the BBC’s obligations are best fulfilled. It is disappointing that the Jam service has been suspended but we understand the reasons for the Trust’s decision.