KATE Green MP has demanded the BBC do more to make parliamentary TV accessible for deaf viewers.

The Stretford and Urmston MP tabled a parliamentary question on the issue to John Thurso MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Finances and Services Committee.

In a written answer, Mr Thurso said: “The BBC is not under any statutory obligation, but BBC Parliament is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in the Chamber and next year plans to provide subtitling for 65 per cent of sittings.”

Ms Green said: “I am pleased that the BBC is increasing its subtitling of proceedings in Parliament.

“However, 65 per cent is simply not good enough. The BBC should be subtitling 100 per cent of proceedings in the chamber, so that viewers with hearing impediments have as much access to democracy as the rest of the population.

“I will be writing to the new Director General of the BBC, asking him to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”