§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will raise with the chairman of the BBC his proposals for improving the reception quality of Radio 3 in the area of North Wiltshire.
§ Mr. Key
I will draw my hon. Friend's concern to the attention of the chairman of the BBC.
The BBC has an extensive programme for building new FM radio transmitters to extend the coverage of its national services. It has recently introduced new transmitters for Wiltshire listeners at Caine, Chippenham and Westwood and aims to bring a transmitter at Marlborough on the air early next year. But the rate and order in which the BBC proceeds with this programme is for the BBC to determine in the light of its other engineering priorities and competing demands upon its financial and technical resources.