HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 c96W
Mr. Hanson

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what action she is taking to prevent a single broadcaster buying up exclusive rights to televise the Olympic games. [11762]

Mr. Sproat

The Government have said that, with the exception of listed sporting events including the Olympic games which cannot be shown live on pay-per-view, sporting bodies should in general be free to sell their broadcasting rights in the interests of their sport. We are strongly aware of the public debate on this issue and are keeping it under close review.