§ 25. Sir Anthony Royle
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hours broadcasting per week in all BBC External Services took place in the years 1974–75 and 1975–76; and how many of his Department's staff were engaged in monitoring during those years.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
Weekly broadcasting hours were 735 in 1974–75 and 727 in 1975–76. Technical monitoring of BBC External Services' audibility overseas is undertaken voluntarily by Foreign and Commonwealth Office communications staff in addition to their normal duties. No staff is engaged exclusively on this activity.