The Implications of Cuts to the BBC World Service - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

Supplementary written evidence from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

During the Foreign Secretary's 16 March evidence session with the Foreign Affairs Committee on Developments in UK Foreign Policy, he agreed to write to confirm the date he gave his approval of the transfer of World Service funding from the Foreign Office to the BBC.

From our notes from the period, the Foreign Secretary agreed to the transfer of the funding of the BBC World Service to the Licence Fee on Monday 18 Ocotber. There were discussions over the formal wording of the DCMS Settlement letter and of our settlement letter on 19 October and the announcement was made on 20 October. The Foreign Secretary met Sir Michael Lyons and Mark Thompson on 20 October.

29 March 2011

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