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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:12 pm on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Jerome Mayhew Jerome Mayhew Conservative, Broadland 6:12 pm, 22nd June 2020

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that now is a particularly bad time for the BBC to be considering this move? We heard in the previous contribution about devolution to metropolitan mayors, and the like, which needs extra examination. Our response to covid has, in large part, been led by our county councils and second-tier councils, as well as by local resilience forums. Those bodies are increasingly powerful, and increasingly relevant to our constituents and the population of the regions. Now, more than ever, the BBC should be focusing on that issue, and not withdrawing from it.