§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether local authorities will have the power to franchise cable operators
§ Mr. Mellor
My right hon. Friend announced during the debate on cable systems on 2 December—[Vol. 33, c. 417–94]—that the Government accepted the recommendation of the Hunt inquiry that a new statutory cable authority should be set up to consider applications to cable, to award franchises to cable operators and to exercise supervision over their services.