HC Deb 29 March 1927 vol 204 cc1043-4
57. Colonel DAY

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that the licence fee paid by owners of wireless crystal sets is the same fee as that paid by owners of wireless valve sets, and that the London transmitting station 2 LO shuts down some nights at 11 p.m., he can arrange for the programme sent out from Daventry after this hour, and which is only available to valve-set owners, to be relaid from the London station so as to give owners of crystal sets the same benefits as owners of valve sets?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir William Mitchell-Thomson)

This is a matter within the discretion of the British Broadcasting Corporation. I understand that at times when Daventry is working and London is not most persons using crystal sets in London or other places within a radius of 100 miles of Daventry can receive the Daventry programmes with little alteration of their sets.

Colonel DAY

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the crystal set used with ear phones cannot receive the Daventry station, and will he consider a reduction of the licence?


I am not aware of that fact at all. It is only a matter of putting in a coil, which cost a little over a shilling.