630. Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit.

The Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited ('PARBUL'), set up in 1991 following recommendations by the Broadcasting Committees of both Houses of Parliament1, facilitates the production and use of footage of the proceedings of both Houses. PARBUL is funded by shareholdings from the main broadcasting companies who wish to use the footage which is produced. Representatives of those companies sit on its board, as do representative members from each House. The Director of Parliamentary Broadcasting2 is also a member of the board.

Footage is produced by a separate private company, working under a renewable contract awarded by PARBUL following a competitive tendering