New inquiry into BBC World Service cuts

26 January 2011

The Foreign Affairs Committee has announced that it will carry out a short inquiry into the implications for the BBC World Service of the service closures and other reductions in World Service activity announced today

The Committee will take oral evidence from representatives of World Service staff, management and the Government. The inquiry will build upon evidence already taken in the Committee’s current inquiry into “FCO Performance and Finances”.

Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Friday 11 February 2011. Submissions must be no longer than 3000 words. Further advice on making a submission can be found below.

Oral evidence will be taken in March 2010: a further announcement will be made in due course.

Form of written evidence:

Each submission should contain the following information:

  • a short summary in bullet point form;
  • a brief introduction about the person submitting evidence, perhaps explaining their area of expertise;
  • any factual information from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses; and
  • any recommendations for action by the Government or others which the submitter would like the Committee to consider for inclusion in its report to the House.

How to format submissions:

Each submission should use:

  • numbered paragraphs, and
  • MS Word format with as little use of colour/ logos as possible.

Submitting evidence:

Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment to and titled ‘World Service cuts’. Paper copies may be sent to Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. View additional information on submitting evidence.

Inquiry related questions:

Please contact the Committee on 020 7219 3309 or by email to

Media enquiries:

Members of the press with enquiries should contact Alex Paterson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589, or 07917 488488, or by email to  

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