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Television: BBC Parliament

Volume 689: debated on Monday 5 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the BBC concerning the need for the programme BBC Parliament to be fully accessible to people who rely on television subtitles. [HL1590]

None. As the channel’s audience share is below the threshold at which broadcasters are obliged by Ofcom to offer subtitles, the subtitling service on BBC Parliament is a voluntary commitment of the BBC. It is the only parliamentary channel in the world to offer such a service.

The BBC announced in October of last year an increase in its subtitling of BBC Parliament from 450 hours per year to 810 hours, enabling more of the most important events to be offered in subtitling. The Government welcome this.