Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Further memorandum from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  I enclose revised versions of two key instruments governing the FCO's relationship with the BBC World Service. These are the FCO/BBC World Service Broadcasting Agreement and the FCO/BBC Financial Memorandum. Both were substantially rewritten in 1999 and have now been further revised in accordance with the requirement to review them every three years. The revised texts were adopted and signed at the Annual Ministerial meeting with the World Service on 17 June. The further revisions do not break new ground and are largely structural or formal eg insertion of references to relevant parts of the BBC Charter and Agreement.

  I thought it right to let you know that we have reviewed our relationship with the World Service as required and to let you have copies of the revised instruments.

Dr Denis MacShane
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

June 2002

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