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Radio Multiplex Services (Required Percentage of Digital Capacity) Order 2006

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

My Lords, I beg to move the two Motions standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Moved, That the draft orders laid before the House on 21 June be approved [31st Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on18 July].—(Lord Davies of Oldham.)

My Lords, in order that some of us should know what is going on, what is a radio multiplex service, what is a percentage of digital capacity and why do we have to have it?

My Lords, I am enormously grateful to the noble Lord for giving me the opportunity to revisit a complex debate which we had in the Moses Room earlier this week. The multiplex services offer opportunities for transmission through radio bands. The order creates circumstances in which television signals could be sent through on new extended telephones which will have the capacity not just to provide telephone and radio services, but also television. At present, there is an inhibition on the use of these bands for this purpose. Technological advance makes it now possible, to the great benefit of everyone.

My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord and hugely impressed by his knowledge and capacity.

On Question, Motion agreed to.