§ Mr. Wallace
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to assess local public opinion on competing applications for community radio station licences.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
My right hon. Friend's selection of the successful applicants for the experimental community10W radio licences will be made in the light of advice from the advisory panel on community radio, which has taken account of the level of public support that different stations might attract. The aim of the experiment is to test the viability of and scope for a range of different types of community radio stations set up and financed in different ways, so that other considerations are also relevant to selections in individual areas.