HC Deb 07 May 1936 vol 311 cc1872-3
45. Captain BULLOCK

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to state if any reply was received from the British Broadcasting Corporation to the representations made in favour of the subsequent broadcasting of public pronouncements of the first magnitude in the House of Commons on which there is general agreement, such as the speech of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on 26th March?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

In reply to my hon. and gallant Friend's previous question on this subject on 6th April, I did not undertake to make representations in favour of this proposal, because, as I then stated, a number of considerations, technical and otherwise, arise in each case; but, as I promised, my hon. and gallant Friend's question and my reply were brought to the notice of the corporation. They have intimated that they have taken due note of them, and endorse my statement as to the varying factors which they have to take into consideration in each case.


Is a speech by a British Foreign Secretary of the least importance whatsoever at the present time?


I think that depends entirely on who the Foreign Secretary is.

46. Captain BULLOCK

asked the Prime Minister whether he will bring to the notice of the British Broadcasting Corporation the appropriateness of adding to or substituting for the weekly talk on events in America similar talks from the capitals of the chief Dominions?


This is a matter which lies within the discretion of the British Broadcasting Corporation. I understand, however, that the corporation hope to inaugurate such a series of talks in the autumn.


Will that take place in Broadcasting House or from the Dominions?


Perhaps the hon. Member would kindly put that question down.