§ Mr. Ashton
To ask the Lord President of the Council (1) what would be the cost of installing satellite Sky television in a special viewing room in the House; and if he will make arrangements to do so after the Christmas recess;
(2) what consideration has been given to making it possible to watch satellite television in the television rooms.
§ Mr. MacGregor
The fourth report of the Services Committee of last Session (HC 614) states that, while access by Members to satellite and terrestrial television should be accepted in principle, no action should be taken to implement the introduction of that facility until the feasibility and cost of installing a broad-band telecommunications network for the Palace is known. The report calls for urgent communications to identify the type and capacity of cable required for the transmission of all forms of electronic data.