§ 22. Mr. H. WILLIAMS
asked the Postmaster-General the extent to which each wavelength alloted to this country for broadcasting is effectively utilised for the broadcasting of matter that is not simultaneously being broadcast on another wavelength?
§ The ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir Ernest Bennett)
The average period during which each wavelength is at present used for the broadcasting of matter which is not broadcast on any other wavelength is about one hour a day, the periods at individual stations ranging from nearly 3½ hours to nil. The more important items in the programmes are broadcast simultaneously from two or more stations. This system of simultaneous broadcasting offers many advantages; and the extent to which it is adopted is a matter within the discretion of the Governors of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
Does not my hon. Friend consider that we should get better reception if fewer wavelengths were used instead of so many as at present?
§ Sir E. BENNETT
The advantage of the present system is that it enables people with cheaper sets to get a much larger variety of programmes, which otherwise would only be available to those with costlier sets.