§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which sections of the world BBC World Service television is not broadcast; and when he expects the coverage to be complete.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
BBC World Service television, which is a commercial enterprise, is now available in Europe, most of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Canada, and is on course to achieve its target of world coverage by the end of this year. A service to Australasia is expected to begin soon, and negotiations are under way for services in Latin America and Japan, and for rebroadcasts in the United States.