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Television: Telephone Services

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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

To ask the Solicitor-General if she will refer to the Serious Fraud Office recent allegations of television broadcaster misconduct in the use of premium rate telephone services in viewer competitions and voting.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

I am aware that four allegations of television broadcaster misconduct have been considered by the SFO, although those referrals did not arise from my Office.

A decision was made by the former director of the SFO, Robert Wardle, not to commence formal investigations into two of these allegations. The remaining two allegations are still undergoing consideration. The director of the SFO will make a decision on these in due course.

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