HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 cc73-4WS
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the regulation of radio and television broadcasting is transparent and effective; and if she will make a statement. [134229]

Estelle Morris

The Communications Act 2003 puts in place a framework for the effective regulation of the communications sectors, including radio and television broadcasting, by the new communications regulator, OFCOM. The Act makes it explicit that, in carrying out their duties, OFCOM must have regard in all cases to the Better Regulation Task Force's five principles of good regulation, which include transparency, and other principles of good regulatory practice.

In addition, the process of reviewing the BBC's Royal Charter will begin before the end of the year. The review will cover the full range of the BBC's role, structure and function, including the arrangements for ensuring effective and transparent regulation.