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BBC America: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procedures are in place to ensure that licence fee moneys are not used to subsidise BBC America (a) directly and (b) indirectly; and if he will make a statement. (178433)

[holding answer 15 January 2008]: Under the terms of its charter and agreement, the BBC is prohibited from using licence fee revenue to fund any commercial service or any service aimed primarily at users outside the UK. The BBC’s Fair Trading Guidelines, available on the BBC website, set out the BBC’s approach to complying with its obligations to keep licence fee revenue separate from its commercial operations.