§ Mr. Macdonald
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Touche Ross study of MVDS/MMDS has now been concluded and whether the research undertaken indicates that MVDS/MMDS might be an appropriate transmission system for areas such as the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
§ Mr. Butcher
The study of MVDS commissioned from Touche Ross management consultants has been completed, and is currently under consideration by the Government as part of our wider review of broadcasting. The Touche Ross study does not specifically address the suitability of MVDS for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, though it makes clear that MVDS can be configured in a variety of ways to meet a range of requirements.