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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether discussions between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and News Corporation in connection with a possible bid for BSkyB have prejudiced the Secretary of State's freedom to refer the matter of the proposed bid to the Competition Commission.

Photo of Baroness Rawlings Baroness Rawlings Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Not at all. The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport announced on 11 July that the matter was being referred to the Competition Commission. The noble Lord will be aware that on 13 July News Corporation dropped its proposals to buy the remaining shares in BSkyB.

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