HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c7W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2001,Official Report, column 19W, on the BBC World Service, what extra funding has been given to regional language services to the Muslim world; and what further action he proposes to take in relation to such services. [62170]

Mr. MacShane

We have provided the World Service with an extra £2.85 million for the enhancement of regional language services after 11 September 2001. This is additional to an uplift of £64 million in funding for the World Service for the present Spending Review period. The uplift over the baseline in this FY alone is £24 million. We maintain constant contact with the World Service over a range of issues, including funding.

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