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BBC World Service — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:25 pm on 26th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Fowler Lord Fowler Chair, HIV and AIDS Committee in the United Kingdom 8:25 pm, 26th January 2011

I shall ask my noble friend a few short questions. Is there any comparable international broadcasting service which has a higher reputation than the BBC World Service? Is that influence not of immense benefit to this country? Will he therefore understand that there will be serious concern about this announcement on all sides of the House? May I ask him something else which may not have such general support? If we are intent on saving money, why are we cutting only journalists and services yet preserving the costly bureaucracy of the BBC Trust? Even now it is in the process of recruiting a new chairman when even the previous Labour Government wanted to see it go. In that way we could save millions of pounds for broadcasting.