HL Deb 09 March 1972 vol 329 c302WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(1) Whether they are satisfied that the terms of the contract under which the B.B.C. is collaborating with Time-Life International in respect of "The British Empire" co-production comply with the B.B.C. Licence and Agreement (see Clause 12);

(2) Whether they will state these terms, including the financial and distributing arrangements and the extent to which reproduction is permitted and/or restricted or controlled thereby, having special regard to editing or cutting.


The Government are satisfied that the B.B.C. is right to say that it did not, in the words of the clause of the Licence and Agreement referred to by my noble friend, "receive any money or valuable consideration in respect of the sending" of the programme. As to the second part of the Question, any decision to publish the terms of the contract between the B.B.C. andTime-Life would be one for the parties themselves, but the B.B.C. has assured the Government that it retained full editorial control over the programme.