BROADCASTING – WORLD SERVICE – 1 February 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: As BBC funding is under review, may I draw the Minister's attention to an important article in The Times today by Roger Boyes about the possible decision by the BBC next week to close down the German service? May I urge her to make her best representations to the BBC not to take that step, given that the German service still has a following and an important role to play, especially in the former East Germany?