HC Deb 19 January 1937 vol 319 cc27-8
60. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Postmaster-General whether the text of the broadcast by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday, 13th December, was submitted to the British Broadcasting Corporation authorities for approval before it was delivered?

The Postmaster-General (Major Tryon)

No, Sir. I understand that when a broadcast is to be given of a religious service conducted by the head of a church in this country, it is not the practice of the British Broadcasting Corporation to ask for the text of his address to be submitted to them beforehand.

Mr. Thurtle

Is the Postmaster-General aware that this address of the Archbishop was given as a religious service broadcast, and will he represent to the British Broadcasting authorities that it is altogether deplorable that an occasion of that kind should be used for an outburst of spleen—

Hon. Members


Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member seems to be giving his opinion on this subject.

Mr. Thurtle

On a point of Order. I am merely asking the Postmaster-General, as representing the B.B.C. in this House, that he should represent to the B.B.C. authorities the undesirability of allowing episcopal spleen of this nature—

Hon. Members


Mr. Maxton

What is wrong with that?

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member is using epithets which are never allowed in this House.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Does not the Postmaster-General think that this criticism of the late King might have been made while he was on the Throne?

Sir John Haslam

Does not my right hon. and gallant Friend realise that the expression of views by the Archbishop enhanced his reputation in this country?