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Telephone Polls

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing a requirement that the full results, including the total votes cast and how many for each option, be published for telephone polls conducted by (a) the BBC, and (b) commercial broadcasters. [HL883]

The Government have no plans to introduce such requirements either for the BBC or for commercial broadcasters. Under the terms of the statutory framework and the BBC Charter, the public service broadcasters are independent of Government and there is no provision for Government to intervene in such matters. Similarly, there is no provision for Government to intervene in such matters in relation to other broadcasters.