Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the research on return path capability amongst the elderly and (b) the drafted return path costed option annex referred to in the minutes of the Emerging Technologies Group meeting on 27 February in relation to the digital switchover assistance scheme.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Emerging Technologies Group (ETG) was told that research on return path usage by the elderly existed, but the group has not yet had sight of this or any related research. No steps have been taken by the ETG to produce a costed option for including return path functionality within set-top-box equipment.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 1 May 2008, Hansard, column 596W.

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