HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 c1880
34. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what reasons newspapers in Singapore have been refused permission to operate radio receiving sets for the reception of news?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

No restriction is placed by the Government in the Straits Settlements on the private reception and dissemination of news broadcast by telephony from duly authorised broadcasting stations. As regards news broadcast by radio-telegraphy, for example, Reuter's Rugby Service, it was decided to adopt in the Straits Settlements the practice followed in this country under which the reception of such messages is carried out exclusively by the Administration. I may add that an arrangement has been reached between Reuter and the Straits Settlements Government, on terms which I understand are regarded as satisfactory, for the interception by the Government of Reuter's Rugby Service.