§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Independent Television Commission will have a statutory duty(a) to draw up a code governing standards and practice of advertising and prescribing the advertisements and methods of advertisements to be prohibited and (b) to secure compliance with the code;
(2) whether the Independent Television Commission will be required to draw up television programme guidelines on (i) expression of opinion by programme companies, (ii) legal matters, (iii) promotion and presentation, (iv) sponsorship and indirect advertising, (v) competition and reward shows, (vi) charitable appeals and publicity for charities and (vii) communication with the public;
(3) whether the Independent Television Commission will be required to draw up television programme guidelines on (a) decency and the portrayal of violence, (b) feature films, (c) technical quality, (d) accuracy, (e) privacy and gathering of information, (f) fairness and impartiality, (g) party politics, politicians and programmes and (h) crime, anti-social behaviour, etc.
§ Mr. Renton
The general responsibility of the proposed Independent Television Commission for oversight of programme content, advertising and sponsorship was described in paragraph 5 of annex A to the White Paper "Broadcasting in the '90s: Competition, Choice and Quality" (November 1988, Cm. 517). We will bring forward draft legislation in the light of the comments that we have invited on the White Paper.