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Landlord and Tenant: Digital Broadcasting

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role she plans for the proposed new Office for Tenants and Social Landlords in (a) supporting access by tenants to digital television receiving systems and (b) encouraging provision by landlords of communal digital television receiving systems for dwellings in multiple occupation. (168510)

The recently introduced Housing and Regeneration Bill will create OFTENANT, the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords. It is too early to provide details on how it might support the successful delivery of the digital switchover programme in advance of its establishment. This will be a matter for the regulator once it is established, taking into account its remit of improving core housing services for tenants.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to encourage social landlords and local authority housing providers to upgrade communal television systems in advance of digital switchover. (168513)

Responsibility for upgrading communal television systems is a matter for landlords in consultation with tenants. Digital UK is responsible for communicating with landlords and property managers in order to increase awareness and understanding of what they need to do to prepare for switchover.

The Department continues to co-operate closely with the Department for Media, Culture and Sport, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Digital UK in working to deliver a successful switchover programme.