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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

The hon. Gentleman shouts "cricket" from a sedentary position. I can tell him that the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my hon. Friend Mr. Sutcliffe, was at the cricket, which almost certainly accounts for the first English victory at Lord's since, I believe, 1934.

In response to what we might call the "Tory sums" of Mr. Hunt- [Interruption.] No, Tory sums. We do not know how many analogue radios are in circulation; it may be 65 million. The first point to make is that those sets will not become redundant. The FM spectrum will be well used for new services that are currently squeezed out. We are working with industry to come up with sets that are consistently priced at £20 or less. That will enable consumers to add to the 9 million digital sets-

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