Select Committee on Scottish Affairs Third Report



Members present:

Mrs Irene Adams, in the Chair

Mr Alistair Carmichael Mr John Lyons
Mr Peter DuncanAnn McKechin
Mr Eric JoyceMr Mohammed Sarwar
Mr Mark LazarowiczMr Michael Weir

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report, (Post Devolution News and Current Affairs Broadcasting in Scotland), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 38, read and agreed to.

Paragraph 39 read, as follows:

    'The task we set ourselves was to review the post-devolution news and current affairs arrangements for broadcasting in Scotland. It quickly became clear how much improved was the provision by the BBC with regard to the Scottish content. Prior to devolution the Scottish dimension in national news had been barely noticeable. We were reassured by the BBC about the level of contact between Glasgow and London which was now apparent. But, whilst noting the lack of interest in the south of England in the Scottish Parliament, we would urge the BBC to include additional items in its news bulletins which reflect the progress of devolution. It is simply not balanced, reasonable or fair merely to report the sensational aspects of Scottish politics or policy areas where there might be some contradiction with developments in other parts of the UK. The evidence from the BBC clearly showed that there was no technical reason why a news programme mixing international, UK-wide and Scottish news made and edited in Scotland could not be produced, although some practical difficulties were identified.'

Amendment proposed in paragraph 39, at end to add the words 'and we believe that such a programme should be produced'.—(Mr Michael Weir.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 2Noes, 5
Mr Alistair CarmichaelMr Eric Joyce
Mr Michael WeirMr Mark Lazarowicz
Mr John Lyons
Ann McKechin
Mr Mohammed Sarwar

Paragraphs 40 to 49 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No.134 (Select Committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 20 March at Ten o'clock

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