§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if the series of radio spectrum reviews is to continue.
§ Mr. Leigh
My colleagues in the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Scottish Office and I are pleased to
Group Royal Mail Parcelforce PO Counters 1989–90 Target percentage As announced 2.4 1.0 2.5 6.0 After interest flexing 2.4 1.0 2.5 9.4 Actual percentage 3.7 2.2 0.6 10.0 1990–91 Target percentage As announced 6.3 6.3 5.0 7.0 After interest flexing 6.3 6.8 4.8 11.0 Actual percentage 1.5 8.2 (67.5) 12.0 1991–92 Target percentage As announced 10.6 11.8 10.0 8.0 After interest flexing 11.0 12.2 10.0 9.5 Actual percentage 11.8 17.5 (10.6) 10.5
The annual average percentage return for the three-year period—the actual averages being calculated on the same basis as the targets—was:660W
announce that an independent committee, chaired by Sir Colin Fielding, will review the radio spectrum in the range 28MHz to 470MHz. This frequency range is one of the most intensively used parts of the radio spectrum and demand for access is increasing. The aim of the review, which will be the third in the current series of reviews, is to examine existing and planned use of the radio spectrum within the review range and make recommendations on that use in the light of national and international developments in radiocommunications. The committee intends to consult widely. The previous two reviews produced reports which have been widely welcomed as making major contributions towards our commitments to make more efficient use of the spectrum and my colleagues and I look forward to the report of the committee on this key frequency range.