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Digital Radio Switchover

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport 2:30 pm, 20th July 2009

I have, with personal regret, to tell the hon. Gentleman that I am not really a Welsh speaker. [Hon. Members: "Ah!"] Dwi'n dysgu, 'de? I should have been a Welsh speaker.

We are alive to the particular problems of Wales. There are serious problems with coverage, not just with respect to Radio Cymru but with digital coverage throughout Wales. We have made it clear that the nations and regions that are furthest behind in digital coverage will be the first priority for the most serious intervention, to ensure that they are not left behind when we move to digital. We have made it clear also that we will not move to digital unless 90 per cent. coverage at the very least is achieved.

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