Clause 1 - The Office of Communications

Part of Office of Communications Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 24th January 2002.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Labour, Hampstead and Highgate 2:30 pm, 24th January 2002

It seemed to me that in speaking to the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Ceredigion and supported by the hon. Member for Lichfield (Michael Fabricant), both hon. Gentlemen spent a great deal of time demonstrating not only their ability to pronounce the Welsh language, but their passionate commitment to it. Their arguments were in essence

about proper regard being accorded to community radio, but were specifically slanted towards the Welsh and Gaelic languages. They tended to ignore, for example, my constituents and people in Greater London. If we took into account community and other radio stations broadcast in London, would there have to be representatives for Greek, for Turkish and for other languages and dialects spoken on the Asian sub-continent?