§ Mrs. Brinton
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to encourage the introduction of commercial digital radio. 
§ Dr. Howells
[holding answer 13 July 2001]: The Broadcasting Act 1996 established a framework of legislation which has encouraged the take up of digital radio. There are currently two national radio digital multiplexes and 28 local digital radio multiplexes with more to come. These are already carrying 135 stations (including 50 broadcasting simulcast on an analogue licence). In London there are currently 17 stations broadcasting, with a further 11 more to come by the end of the year.
We expect to conduct a review of progress made in digital radio in 2003, by which time we shall have a much clearer idea of where digital radio development is placed.
I welcome industry plans to produce cheaper digital radio sets.