Broadcasting Licences

Petition – in the House of Commons at 11:34 pm on 12th December 2000.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey 11:34 pm, 12th December 2000

I am pleased to present a petition organised by Alan Macleod and signed by more than 500 residents, who seek to end the situation whereby Christian and religious groups are barred from owning certain types of broadcasting licence. It is a happy coincidence that the White Paper on the future of broadcasting was launched today.

The petition states: Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House will urge the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to bring forward proposals to amend the legislation to remove discrimination against the ownership of broadcasting licences by religious bodies, and to require the Independent Television Commission and the Radio Authority to amend their Rules and Codes of Guidance to remove provisions which discriminate, in wording or in practice, against religious bodies.And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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