Sky and 21st Century Fox: Proposed Merger - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:05 pm on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lansley Lord Lansley Conservative 1:05 pm, 16th March 2017

My Lords, I welcome my noble and learned friend’s Statement. Perhaps I may elaborate on the question relating to the grounds for the intervention notice relating to the commitment to the attainment of broadcasting standards. That relates specifically to the standards as set out under Section 319 of the Communications Act on the content of programming for television and radio services. My noble and learned friend suggested that “commitment” enables one to go much wider on those grounds. However, it relates to the programming of television and radio services. If the question of commitment was raised in relation to something that did not relate to television and radio services, how could it be seen as directly relevant?