Members of Britain's parliament called on the government Feb. 3 to give them greater powers of scrutiny over how the BBC spends its annual license-fee income of £3 billion ($5.6 billion).

LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Members of Britain's parliament called on the government Feb. 3 to give them greater powers of scrutiny over how the BBC spends its annual license-fee income of £3 billion ($5.6 billion).

A report from the all-party Public Accounts Committee has called on Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to introduce further independent scrutiny of the BBC's accounts.

Historically, the pubcaster has resisted extra external oversight of its financial plans, claiming that such intervention would impinge upon the BBC's independence from government.

But committee chair Edward Leigh said the BBC's editorial independence would be unaffected by greater financial scrutiny.

Said a BBC spokeswoman: "We share the committee's interest in ensuring the public money we receive is spent well. We will consider the report very carefully and make our full response to parliament in due course."