§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to grant the television franchise for the North-West to Granada Television or whether he is prepared to consider giving 376W an additional franchise to Merseyside and North Wales for a separate television service for that region.
§ Mr. Brittan
The determination of the independent television franchise areas and the allocation of franchises to programme contractors are, under section 2 of the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act 1973, the responsibility of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Government have no intention of interfering with this principle in their forthcoming broadcasting legislation.