Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 12 May 2016 on the BBC Charter White Paper, 'A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction'.
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Eagle, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing paper on BBC Charter renewal which contains more information on the process and what happened when it was last renewed.
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