HC Deb 08 March 1937 vol 321 cc786-7
35. Sir N. Stewart Sandeman

asked the Postmaster-General how many persons, other than artistes, employed by the British Broadcasting Corporation are naturalised British subjects.

Major Tyron

I am informed by the British Broadcasting Corporation that to the best of their knowledge only four of the staff, other than artists, employed by them are naturalised British subjects.

37. Sir Hugh O'Neill

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has been able to make any arrangements with the British Broadcasting Corporation whereby copies of broadcasts can be placed in the Library of the House of Commons, or otherwise made available to Members of Parliament?

Major Tryon

I have discussed this matter with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and I am glad to say that the corporation has expressed willingness to furnish any hon. Member, on request by him in writing, with a copy of any individual broadcast in which he is specially interested. It seems to me that this arrangement should meet the needs of the case, and I hope that hon. Members will not take undue advantage of the special arrangements which the Corporation is making experimentally for their convenience.

Mr. Lyons

Will the statement supplied by the British Broadcasting Corporation be an actual verbatim copy of the broadcast delivered, and not a precis or summary?

Major Tryon

Certainly, an exact reproduction of what is said.

Mr. Crossley

What is there unreasonable in the proposal that there should be a copy of each broadcast in the Library of the House of Commons?

Major Tryon

I was not discussing that; it is a matter for the Chair; but I think that, from the point of view of the convenience of the individual Member, it will be much more convenient to him to have a copy of his own.

Viscountess Astor

Does the Postmaster-General think it would be possible to have a room in the House of Commons where Members could go and listen to broadcasts?

Sir N. Stewart Sandeman

If Members of Parliament want copies of these documents, why should they not have them?

Major Tryon

I have just said that I have arranged that they will be able to have copies if they apply for them.

Sir A. Knox

Would it not be necessary for a Member to wait for a complaint before he asked for a copy; and would it not be better if he could check the copy beforehand?

Major Tryon

I think that, if Members were asked to read all the broadcasts delivered, they would find it a formidable task.

Mr. Thurtle

Will the Postmaster-General arrange for the British Broadcasting Corporation to send a copy of each broadcast to the members of the diehard group as a whole?