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Digital Broadcasting

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints his Department and Digital UK have received relating to digital switchover from residents of (a) North Cornwall constituency, (b) Cornwall, (c) the South West region and (d) England in the latest period for which figures are available. (317003)

The information requested regarding my Department is not held in this manner and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Information on correspondence received by Digital UK is not held centrally.

I have therefore asked the chief executive of Digital UK to write direct to the hon. Member for North Cornwall.

Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that viewers in Rossendale and Darwen constituency are able to receive the full range of digital television channels. (317175)

The three public service broadcasting digital multiplexes, which carry around 15 channels including the public service broadcasting channels—BBC 1 and 2, ITV1, Channel 4 (S4C in Wales) and Five—should reach 98.5 per cent. of UK households after digital switchover. Services carried on the commercial multiplexes, which increase the number of channels available to around 40, are planned to reach 90 per cent. of UK households and any expansion of coverage is a commercial matter for the multiplex operators. In Granada these latter multiplexes reach around 97 per cent. of households.

For those who require more services, there are other options for receiving digital services via satellite or cable.