§ 55. Mr. Wallace
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the external services of the British Broadcasting Corporation; and what was discussed.
§ 56. Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his last meeting with representatives of the external services of the BBC.
§ Mr. Eggar
My right hon. and learned Friend last met representatives of the BBC external services when he visited Bush House on 20 March. During his visit my right hon. and learned Friend discussed a range of external broadcasting issues with the top management of the external services. He also took the opportunity to underline the importance of the fundamental principle of accountability for public funds as well as our view that it564W is right that the National Audit Office should have access to the BBC external services to carry out economy, efficiency and effectiveness examinations.