BBC: Charter

House of Lords written question – answered on 4 June 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate an inquiry as to whether the BBC is fulfilling its Charter responsibilities and television licence holders are getting value for money.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government do not intend to initiate an inquiry along these lines as the BBC Trust is responsible for holding the BBC to account for the performance of its functions and for its compliance with the law and regulatory requirements. The BBC Trust regularly carries out in-depth value for money reviews on areas of BBC expenditure, some of which are commissioned from independent consultants with specialist expertise and some of which are conducted by the National Audit Office.

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