§ Baroness Wharton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have any plans to request the Independent Television Commission to allocate additional broadcasting lines to the teletext services on ITV and Channel 4 in order to enable further improvements in those services; and if not, why not.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor):
None. The present allocation aims to make the best use of spare capacity within the television signals on Channel 3 and 4 while enabling the provision of a public teletext service meeting the detailed content requirements specified in the Broadcasting Act 1990.