Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:40 pm on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 12:40 pm, 9th January 2018

With some trepidation, I declare my interest as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the BBC. The BBC promised to publish pay gap data and an independent audit on pay. This it has done, and the independent legal and accountancy firm doing the auditing found no systematic gender discrimination. The final review of presenters, editors and correspondents will be published shortly. Given that the BBC is required to deal in facts, does my right hon. Friend agree on the need to wait for that review before this House rushes to judgment?