Topical Questions

Part of Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

Soft power will be increasingly important in the post-Brexit world. Among the many international treasures the UK can marshal is the BBC World Service, with an audience of over 320 million. After the BBC recently reneged on the funding agreement for free TV licences for over-75s, will the Minister ensure that the BBC does not try to compensate by raiding the BBC World Service budget and endangering this vital resource?