Digital Switchover

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st March 2005.

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Photo of Mr Syd Rapson Mr Syd Rapson PPS (Team PPS), Ministry of Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) when she expects to announce the areas of the United Kingdom in which digital switchover will first take place;

(2) what criteria will be used in determining the order in which digital switchover will be introduced in the regions;

(3) if she will make a statement on her plans to implement a regional roll out of digital switchover.

Photo of Ms Estelle Morris Ms Estelle Morris Minister of State (Arts), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts)

The Government will confirm the timetable once all the remaining issues relating to digital switchover are resolved and we are satisfied that the interests of consumers, especially the most vulnerable, are well protected.

The order in which regions will be switched off is not one for the Government: it will be based on technical criteria and agreed between broadcasters, multiplex operators and Ofcom.

We expect Ofcom to issue a statement on the indicative regional order shortly.

Ofcom have issued a statement on the indicative regional order. This is available from the Ofcom website at: www.ofcom.org.uk.

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