§ Mr. Parris
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 28 March, Official Report, columns 28–485, what steps he has taken to satisfy himself that the Independent Broadcasting Authority's revised proposals for independent local radio in Derby and Nottingham received his approval in time to allow all intending bidders to reformulate their proposals and seek the necessary additional finance before the closing date for bids.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Under section 19(4) of the Broadcasting Act 1981, the Independent Broadcasting Authority is required to publish a notice stating its intention to enter into a contract for the provision of local sound broadcasts in an area and the date from which the contract will take effect, and inviting applications for the contract. In each case, the authority aims to provide applicants with approximately three months in which to submit their applications, and I understand that this procedure was followed for the proposed Derby and Nottingham franchise.