Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 9 February 2012.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth 10:30, 9 February 2012

I thank the Secretary of State for that reply, but why have he and the BBC explicitly ruled out operational independence? The cut in grant is 24% over four years, but the cut against anticipated income is some 32%, which is really challenging. Is it not important for S4C to be able to manage its own business and have operational independence?