§ Mr. Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals he has received from the Commission of the European Communities concerning harmonisation of legislation concerning television26W broadcasting and technology; what consultation took place prior to its publication; and what arrangements he has made for consultation on it in the United Kingdom. 
§ Mr. Fisher
The European Commission published a Green paper on the regulatory implications of convergence between the telecommunications, media and information technology sectors on 3 December 1997. The Green Paper is subject to the usual consultation procedures within the Commission. The Government are consulting widely in preparing their response to the Green Paper and have specifically invited comments from interested parties involved in each of the sectors concerned.