HC Deb 12 December 1983 vol 50 cc346-7W
Mr. Ron Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) why he decided not to extend cable television facilities into Wales;

(2) if he will list the organisations from which he received unsuccessful applications for cable television licences; and if he will place copies of the applications in the Library.

Mr. Hurd

There is no reason why new cable television facilities should not be provided in Wales in due course in accordance with decisions of the Cable Authority to be set up under the Cable and Broadcasting Bill now before Parliament. In the short term, my right hon. and learned Friend expects to be able to license additional services on some existing cable systems in Wales.

Those of the 37 applications for new cable pilot projects mentioned in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes) on 25 November — [Vol. 49, c. 326]— which were not regarded as qualifying for one of the limited number of licences on offer were as follows:

Amar Ltd. Kensington
Cable North West Preston
Cablevision (Scotland) Ltd. Aberdeen
Cablevision (Scotland) Ltd. Edinburgh
Cablevision (Scotland) Ltd. South Glasgow
Central Lancashire Television Ltd. Preston
Channel 2000 Ltd. Tower Hamlets
Cotswold Cable Ltd. Cheltenham and Gloucester
Essex Telecable Southend on Sea
Lancashire Cable Preston
Leeds Cablevision Leeds
London West End Cable Ltd Westminster
Milton Keynes Cable Vision Ltd. Milton Keynes
Plan 84 Westminster
Plymouth Cablevision Plymouth
Rediffusion Consumer Electronics Ltd. Cardiff
Rediffusion Consumer Electronics Ltd. Dudley
Rediffusion Consumer Electronics Ltd. Leicester
Solent Cablevision Southampton and Portsmouth
South Yorkshire General Network Barnsley and Dearne Valley
Tyne and Wear Cablevision Sunderland
Visionhire Cable Ltd. Basingstoke
Visionhire Cable Ltd. Bexley
Visionhire Cable Ltd. Bolton
Visionhire Cable Ltd. Croydon
White Rose Cablevision Leeds

We do not propose to publish or make available the unsuccessful applications.