In response to Question 253 in the Evidence
taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 7 December 1998, I
undertook to clarify the BBC's plans to reflect the National Assemblies
on the UK-wide programmes of parliamentary record on Radio 4.
These plans have been developed in the context
of the BBC's commitment, as a United Kingdom-wide public service
broadcaster, to providing comprehensive and relevant coverage
of all four of the UK's national forums on television, radio,
online and BBC Parliament, the BBC's new parliamentary channel
on cable and satellite. The BBC will set up new programme units
adjacent to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly buildings.
As far as radio is concerned, Radio Wales, Radio
Cymru, Radio Scotland and Radio Ulster will each provide a daily
programme of record, covering the proceedings of the Welsh Assembly,
Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly respectively.
Radio nan Gaidheal will provide a new weekly parliamentary programme.
Key moments will be covered live on the national radio services
in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the development of
digital radio will allow live and continuous coverage where appropriate.
In the context of this range of provision, Today
in Parliament on Radio 4 will remain dedicated to the Westminster
Parliament. Yesterday in Parliament, however, will report
regularly on the new bodies.
Chief Executive, BBC Broadcast
6 January 1999