Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (123, 137, 143)

John Browne

Question:

123. Deputy John Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the key measures that will be contained in the forthcoming broadcasting legislation; when he expects to publish this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10056/13]

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Willie O'Dea

Question:

137. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his priorities for new broadcasting legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10083/13]

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Seamus Kirk

Question:

143. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when he will bring forward new broadcasting legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10089/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 123, 137 and 143 together.

I have no plans currently to introduce broadcasting legislation.

There are several areas of broadcasting policy which are actively being considered by my Department, including most specifically the question of a broadcasting charge to replace the existing method of funding public service broadcasting. When due consideration has been given to these issues and decisions have been made on policy, legislative measures will follow as appropriate.