HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 c37W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent representations he has received concerning the BBC's decision to remove current affairs and analysis programmes from the schedules of the BBC World Service Television; and if he will make a statement; [101361]

(2) if he will meet the Chairman of the BBC to discuss the proposed reductions in resources and personnel in BBC World Service Television. [101377]

Janet Anderson

We have received three representations from hon. Members and their constituents. I have no present plans to meet the Chairman of the BBC to discuss BBC World, as it is a long standing principle that the Government do not intervene in the BBC's programming and editorial issues.

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