HC Deb 02 May 1928 vol 216 cc1717-8

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that complaints of wireless interference by Morse from the new station at Portishead are being made in that area; whether his engineers have conducted experiments in the endeavour to eliminate the nuisance; whether he is aware that the adoption of the British Broadcasting Corporation's suggestion that a coupled circuit should be used has faded to give satisfactory results; and whether he will give this widespread complaint his personal attention so that a remedy for the interference may be found?


Complaints of interference with broadcast reception by transmissions from the wireless station at Portishead have been investigated by Post Office engineers, and it has been found in many cases that the use of a loosely coupled receiving circuit has practically eliminated the trouble. The use of a frame aerial is also of material assistance in this respect. It is difficult to avoid some interference with broadcast reception in the vicinity of a wireless station; but the Post Office engineers will continue their investigations with the view of assisting listeners to adapt their apparatus so as to eliminate interference from the Portishead station.


Will the Noble Lord answer the question as to whether the Broadcasting Corporation's suggestion that a coupled circuit should be used has been adopted and failed to give satisfaction?

Viscount WOLMER

Yes, Sir. It has been found in some cases to be successful. There have been modifications in other cases, as I have suggested in my reply.