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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Conservative, Mid Worcestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) what steps she is taking to support the programme making and special events industry; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what steps she is taking to ensure that the programme making and special events sector has access to an adequate quantity of spectrum in the future; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ofcom, as the independent regulator with a duty to ensure optimal use of spectrum, regularly assesses the use of and needs for spectrum. Ofcom is currently undertaking a strategic review into the PMSE sector's current and future spectrum needs. Government is alive to the issue of continued access to suitable spectrum and ensured that funding was made available for the transition of wireless microphones from Channel 69 to Channel 38 necessary to clear that channel for the recent 4G auction.

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