HC Deb 31 October 1980 vol 991 cc381-2W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to make special provision for Gaelic programmes on the proposed fourth television channel.

Mr. Brittan

The fourth channel outside Wales is intended to start as a United Kingdom Service without regional variations, and accordingly no special requirements are being laid upon it as to the inclusion of programmes in languages other than English. But once the channel has become viable, there is nothing to prevent the IBA and the fourth channel board from including Gaelic programmes in the schedules in Scotland.