HC Deb 16 January 1975 vol 884 cc175-6W
Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the names of the working party arising out of the Crawford Report; and when he expects them to complete their work.

Mr. John Morris

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department, after consultation, has invited Mr. J. W. M. Siberry, a former Under-Secretary in the Welsh Office, to be chairman of the working party set up to make proposals about the use of the fourth television channel in Wales. Mr. Siberry has accepted the invitation. The working party will consist of representatives of the Home Office, Welsh Office, BBC, IBA and of HTV. Sir Dai Davies, General Secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, as a leading trade unionist, has also accepted my right hon. Friend's invitation to be a member.

The terms of reference will be: On the basis of the Report of the Crawford Committee on Broadcasting Coverage, to work out arrangements required to provide a fourth television service in Wales, including timing and estimates of cost.

The working party is expected to complete its task in about three months.