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Commercial Radio: Services For People Over 55

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and his department have received about neglect by commercial radio stations of the demand from radio listeners aged over 55 for more choice of listening; what replies have been sent; and whether they will be taking any action. [HL2829]

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has received several representations from one company about the provision of commercial radio services for people aged over 55 years and officials have met the company concerned. However, decisions on the award of commercial radio licences are solely a matter for the Radio Authority under the terms of broadcasting legislation.