§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received about the proposal for a digital licence fee from commercial broadcasters who were responding to the Davies Committee recommendations on the future funding of the BBC. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
[holding answer 25 October 1999]: I regret that it has not been possible to provide an answer before Prorogation. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Libraries of the House.