HC Deb 13 December 1937 vol 330 cc798-9
26. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the broadcasting by television of a programme from the Alexandra Palace to the Palais de Luxe Cinema, Bromley, on Tuesday, 7th December; whether, in view of the monopoly in television held by the Government and the British Broadcasting Corporation, he can say whether any application for permission was made and granted for the purpose of conducting this television broadcast; and, if not, what action he proposes taking in the matter?

Major Tryon

My attention has been drawn to Press reports of the matter mentioned in the first part of the question. Television programmes are broadcast from the Alexandra Palace twice daily by the British Broadcasting Corporation; and it appears that a demonstration was given of the reception of one of these programmes. As this would involve no broadcasting other than by the Corporation, the second and third parts of the question do not arise.

Mr. Day

Has any application been made for private television for commercial advertising?

Major Tryon

The hon. Member must put that question down.

28. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Postmaster-General whether certain cinemas have been granted permission to give public exhibitions of the British Broadcasting Corporation television programmes from Alexandra Palace?

Major Tryon

So far as the reception of the programmes is concerned, possession of an ordinary wireless receiving licence suffices, but such possession is no warrant for any act which would be an infringement of copyright.

Mr. De la Bère

Will the Government do something to clarify the uncertainty that exists in this matter?

Major Tryon

I have answered my hon. Friend's question. If he has a different point on which he is uncertain, will he kindly put down a question?

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