§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he expects all parts of Great Britain to be able to receive television signals from the BBC and independent television.
§ Mr. Dorrell
An estimated 99.4 per cent. of the United Kingdom population can receive television signals from the BBC and independent television. To extend coverage still further, the BBC and independent broadcasters are pursuing a programme of building about 25 new transmitters a year. The self-help television scheme provides unserved communities with the option of making their own arrangements to obtain TV signals. Technological developments, including cable and satellite, provide further opportunities for securing TV reception.