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BBC Monitoring

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th November 2016.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with Ministers and officials of the (a) Ministry of Defence, (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (c) Department for International Development to discuss negotiations on the new scheme for BBC monitoring services and the closure of Caversham Park.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

Cabinet Office officials have held five meetings with Ministry of Defence officials, one meeting with a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister and five meetings with Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials, related to negotiations of the 2017 BBC Monitoring Agreement.

Cabinet Office officials have not held meetings with the Department for International Development as DfID is not one of the six 'key customers' for the HMG BBC Monitoring service.

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