The future of the BBC World Service - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

Formal Minutes

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Members present:

Sir Richard Ottaway, in the Chair
Mr John Baron

Ann Clwyd

Mike Gapes

Sir John Stanley

Draft Report (The future of the BBC World Service ), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 6 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 7 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 8 to 21 read and agreed to.

Paragraph—(Sir John Stanley)—brought up and read, as follows:

"We conclude that the BBC World Service has an indispensable role to play in reporting objectively and projecting human rights worldwide. We further conclude that the funding of the BBC World Service is best safeguarded by having Government Ministers directly accountable to Parliament for the funding of the World Service which is achieved through the mechanism of Government grant-in-aid. We therefore recommend that the FCO reverts to funding the BBC World Service by means of grant-in-aid."

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided:

    Ayes, 2        Noes, 2

    Ann Clwyd      Mr John Baron
    Sir John Stanley      Mike Gapes

Whereupon the Chair declared himself with the Noes.

Question accordingly negatived.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Ninth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.


[Adjourned till Tuesday 1 April at 1.45 pm.

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