§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much is being spent on the British Broadcasting Corporation Overseas Services in the current financial year; how much specifically on services to Persia and Burma; and what plans there are for extending these services.132W
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
The grant-in-aid on the B.B.C. External Broadcasting Services for the current financial year is £12.9 million. The direct costs of the Persian language service amount to about £43,000 per annum and for the Burmese language service about £30,000 per annum. There are no current plans for changes.