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Radio Frequencies

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the Programme Making and Special Events sector’s ability to migrate into different interleaved frequencies for use of wireless microphones and related technologies since notice of the clearance of existing frequencies was provided in (a) 2005 and (b) 2007. (308339)

The issues surrounding the clearance of the interleaved frequencies used by the Programme Making and Special Events sector, as part of Digital Switchover, have been the subject of extensive consultation by Ofcom. Ofcom’s analysis and the responses have been the subject of discussion between BIS and Ofcom and between BIS and the PMSE sector. The Government are currently considering the views of the PMSE sector in the context of the support to be offered in clearing channels 61, 62 and 69 as set out in its Digital Britain report.