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House of Commons Resolution on World Service Cuts

May 20, 2011

Yesterday the House of Commons passed this resolution on the BBC World Service Cuts

That this House notes the Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, The Implications of Cuts to the BBC World Service, HC 849; endorses the Committee’s support for the World Service’s invaluable work in providing a widely respected and trusted news service in combination with high-quality journalism to many countries; considers that the unfolding events in North Africa and the Middle East demonstrate the continuing importance of the soft power wielded through the World Service; believes that the value of the World Service far outweighs its relatively small cost; and invites the Government to review its decision to cut spending on the World Service by 16 per cent.

The transcript of the debate is here – starting about half way down the page.  The government has also now published its response to the earlier Foreign Affairs Select Committee report it’s here

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