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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:45 pm on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Independent, Ilford South 12:45 pm, 11th June 2019

It is not just this issue that is affected by the way the funding arrangements have changed. Until 2010, the BBC World Service was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but £253 million in funding was stopped and the BBC was given the responsibility. Does the Secretary of State accept that the FCO has subsequently given money to the BBC for language services, so there is a precedent? Could we get around this by the Government paying the entirety of the World Service funding as they used to, so that we would not have this problem?