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