§ Mr. Collins
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Independent Television Commission concerning the proposed provision of the digital ITV and ITV2 services on the digital services of British Sky Broadcasting; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Janet Anderson
[holding answer 26 October 1998]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I meet the Chairman of the Independent Television Commission from time to time to discuss a range of broadcasting issues, including the prospects for digital television across all delivery platforms. Whether to seek digital satellite carriage is a commercial decision for individual broadcasters—including ITV—and not one in which Ministers have a locus.