§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all sources of public funds available to organisations wishing to improve television reception for communities of a population over 500.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The provision and improvement of television coverage is primarily the responsibility of the BBC and the IBA, which are co-operating on the construction of the UHF transmitter network. Phase II of their engineering programme will extend coverage to communities with a population of 500 or more, and should be completed by about 1984. The question of public funds does not arise.