David Dimbleby has been charged with hosting the BBC’s coverage of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next week.
The coverage will begin at 9.15am on Wednesday, April 17 on BBC One.
Lord Bell confirmed the arrangements for the funeral: “She specifically did not want a state funeral and nor did her family.
“She particularly did not wish to lie in state as she thought that was not appropriate.
“And she didn’t want a fly-past as she thought that was a waste of money – somewhat in character you might think.
“She expressed those views to me personally and she will get what she wanted.”