§ Mr. Lyell
asked the Lord Privy Seal how many hours of broadcasting of programmes of current affairs, magazine items, editorial comment and drama have been sold to each of the following areas Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, ASEAN countries, Australasia, Central and South America, and the remainder of the Third world by the BBC transcription service in each of the past five years; and at what cost to his department in each year.
§ Mr. Luce
Programmes of this sort have been sold to all the areas listed. A detailed breakdown of these sales by subject and area is not immediately available. I shall let my hon. Friend have the information when it has been prepared. Actual expenditure on these spoken word programmes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Grant in Aid, including all direct costs for all areas of the world, was:
£ 1976–77 490,000 1977–78 489,000 1978–79 534,000 1979–80 686,000 1980–81 791,000