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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Tony Banks Mr Tony Banks , Newham North West 3:31 pm, 13th February 1997

Has the Leader of the House had an opportunity to watch the highlights of last night's England v. Italy World cup qualifying match? It would be a short programme and he could no doubt fit it into his busy day. Is he aware that the vast majority of the population were denied the experience, perhaps thankfully, because it was not available on a terrestrial channel? It was available only to Sky subscribers. May we have a debate on sport soon to discuss the growing concentration of sporting events being televised only by Sky, thus denying them to many people who want to watch our national games?