§ 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.