HC Deb 12 July 1993 vol 228 c661
14. Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what representations he has received concerning the operation of the Independent Television Commission.

Mr. Brooke

This year, I have received five representations from four hon. Members about various aspects of the ITC's activities.

Mr. Barnes

I do not know whether any of those representations backed the ITC's position on "News at Ten". I hope that the Minister will support that position and that adopted by the National Heritage Select Committee, which wants the programme to remain at 10 o'clock, so that political news—including 10 o'clock votes from this House—sports news, news from America and hard-hitting news generally can be properly dealt with. We need news at ten, not nudes at ten.

Mr. Brooke

The obligation of the Channel 3 companies is simultaneously to broadcast high quality news programmes dealing with national and international matters at peak viewing times". The hon. Gentleman has drawn the attention of the House to the action of the chairman of the ITC, who will be awaiting a response from the Channel 3 companies.