§ Mr. Roger King
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, when he next meets the chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, he will raise with him the social and environmental impact of the proposed introduction of all-night pop video television programmes; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
My right hon. Friend discussed this proposal with the chairman of the authority when he met him on 19 May. We understand that the plans are for an experiment on Yorkshire Television to guage the level of interest in all-night television services. All-night radio services have existed for many years, and the Government see no reason to believe that all-night television services will have any greater social or environmental impact.