§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are his responsibilities with regard to television and radio broadcasting.
§ Mr. Hurd
I am responsible for the Government's policies on the provision of broadcasting and cable television services within the United Kingdom. I have responsibilities for appointments to the broadcasting and cable authorities; for licensing the broadcasting authorities under the terms of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949; and for setting the level of the independent television levy and the broadcast receiving licence fee. I have certain reserve powers concerning programmes and advertisements carried on radio or television.