HC Deb 22 May 1978 vol 950 c370W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for local broadcasting licences in East Anglia have been received by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Since the publication of the Annan Committee Report in March 1977, the Home Office has received three applications or statements of intent to set up new local radio broadcasting stations in East Anglia together with several other letters, advocating support for such new stations. Further consideration of those applications, and of any others that may be made, must await the Government's proposals for the future constitution, structure and pattern of broadcasting which I intend to publish in the form of a White Paper.