Digital Broadcasting

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 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 Communities and Local Government what assessments her Department has made of the performance of the digital television initiatives in Kirklees, Hull and Glasgow referred to in the minutes of the Emerging Technologies Group meeting on 27 February.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Kirklees digital TV initiative was developed as part of the local e-government programme. In 2006, at the end of the programme, an assessment of the business case was undertaken. The business case continues to be revised annually on the basis of the experience of the 70+ local authorities who continue to use the service, now branded 'DigiTV'. The latest published business case can be found online at:

http://www.digitv.gov.uk/site/content/view/l10/64/

Independent external evaluations of the programme in Kingston upon Hull are currently being undertaken both by the University of Hull and by York St John. These will report later in the year.

The Department has no responsibility for the digital television initiative being developed in Glasgow.

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